Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis

Hi All! It’s Becky. I have downloaded the audiobook of Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis many times over the last year and I finally got to listen to it. This book didn’t quite live up to my expectations.  

Title: Harrow Lake
Author: Kat Ellis
Note: I listened to the audiobook.

Summary: Lola Nox’s father directed one of the most famous horror movies of all time. The movie starred her mother, an unknown actress, who married the director and moved away from the small town where the movie was filmed. Lola’s mother left their family when she was very small leaving her daughter alone with her obsessive father. Now, Lola is a teen and after her father is brutally attacked is sent to stay with her grandmother in her mother’s hometown of Harrow Lake. The longer Lola is in Harrow Lake the more the small town begins to reveal its sinister roots.

Review: The description of this book had so much promise but, in the end, I didn’t love this horror novel. One of the most difficult questions I get at the library is for good teen horror books and I wanted Harrow Lake to be the perfect book to recommend but the book didn’t work. Ellis promised a classic monster book but instead, we got a novel about the evil of people which is usually the best part of a horror story but for some reason, it didn’t work in this book. Ellis relied too heavily on small-town stereotypes which lead to a novel filled with red herrings which became tiresome after a few chapters. The story felt as if it wandering along taking too long to get to the point and never making me care about Lola or her journey. Also, the ending felt forced and unsatisfying which left me asking what was the point. Some readers may enjoy the twist in Harrow Lake but I need a more concrete story to enjoy a book.

Final Rating: 2 out of 5

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