The Kat Ellis book, Harrow Lake, is set in the town of Harrow Lake. Approximately 20 years ago, the town was the setting for Nightjar, a horror movie directed by Nolan Nox.
He met and fell in love with the actress who played the main character, Little Bird. Her real name was Lorelei. Doesn’t everyone always fall in love with the Loreleis of the world? Nolan and Lorelei married and had a daughter, Lola.
Several years later, the wife disappears after visiting her mother in Harrow Lake. The rumor is that Mr. Jitters from the movie finally captured her. The townspeople think that he captures whoever plays the part of Little Bird in the parade. Why do people still want to get the lead in the parade?
After Nolan is hospitalized, Lola is sent to stay with her grandmother at Harrow Lake. Lola doesn’t think her father’s assistant, Larry, is telling her everything. He’s a creep so she might be right.
She’s not happy about going to her mother’s hometown. Lola thinks that her mother abandoned her.
Her grandmother steals her suitcase so Lola has to wear her mother’s clothes. It’s a weird situation. It’s even weirder that the clothes are Lorelei’s wardrobe from Nightjar.
When Lola was a little girl, she had a doll, Mary Ann, from another horror movie. She loved the doll but her father and his assistant got rid of the doll.
After arriving at Harrow Lake, Lola starts to see Mary Ann, except in a more human form. I thought that having the creepy doll was distracting from Mr. Keepers. Was Mr. Keepers real? Was Mary Ann real? I still don’t know. Sometimes an urban legend is as creepy as real life. I was too scared to read this book when no one else was awake.
After she gets to Harrow Lake, Lola finds out things about her mother that lead her to believe that Lorelei’s disappearance was more suspicious than anyone else thought. Maybe Lola had not been abandoned by her mother.
If anyone is interested in creepy urban legends or horror movies involving dolls, then you might enjoy this book.
Scaredycats should not read this book while home alone with dolls.
* All of the reviewers on the blog tour received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for doing a review. All opinions on this post are my own. Obviously.