Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis, UK cover, yellow background, orange title text, with black stylised figure of Mister Jitters puppet hanging from strings.
Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis, US cover, features blurred greyscale image of girl against a watery backdrop, title text in yellow.

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Lola Nox is the daughter of a celebrated horror filmmaker – she thinks nothing can scare her. But when her father is brutally attacked in their New York apartment, she’s swiftly packed off to live with a grandmother she’s never met in Harrow Lake, the eerie town where her father’s most iconic horror movie was shot.

The locals are weirdly obsessed with the film that put their town on the map – and there are strange disappearances, which the police seem determined to explain away.

And there’s someone – or something – stalking Lola’s every move.

The more she discovers about the town, the more terrifying it becomes. Because Lola’s got secrets of her own. And if she can’t find a way out of Harrow Lake, they might just be the death of her…

Harrow Lake is available now. Published by Penguin Random House.


​”Harrow Lake is a captivating and creeping mystery full of brilliantly twisting turns and dark secrets. You’ll hear Mister Jitters in the deadly whisper of the pages as you race through this chilling, thrilling book.” —Holly Jackson, bestselling author of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

“Harrow Lake is a book that’s hard to put down. Scary, suspenseful and deliciously twisty.” —Fiona Noble

“Atmospheric and beautifully written, Harrow Lake is a five-star must-read.” —Sarah J. Harris, author of The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder

“Scream meets The Babadook in small-town USA. This book made my retro-horror-loving heart sing.” —Kirsty Logan, award-winning author of The Gracekeepers

“If you like Stephen King, you’d be mad not to snap this up.” —Cass Green, Sunday Times top 10 bestselling author of In a Cottage In a Wood

“A taut, twisting and terrifying read that takes no prisoners as it carves and claws its way into your nightmares.” —Melinda Salisbury, author of Hold Back the Tide

“A chilling read that had me looking over my shoulder and holding my breath.” —Michelle Harrison, author of A Pinch of Magic

“Harrow Lake is scary, but also hugely fun . . . the claustrophobic Harrow Lake itself seems a fully realized world, a character in itself.” —The Bookseller

“Deliciously creepy.” —Amy McCulloch, author of Jinxed

“Ellis brings the claustrophobia of pulp fandom front and centre in this masterpiece of a novel.” —Dawn Kurtagich, author of The Dead House​

​“Atmospheric and chilling.” – Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species

“You’re going to want to read this one with all the lights on.” —Cat Winters, author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds

“When you start Harrow Lake, be prepared to put everything else on hold.” —Ann Dávila Cardinal, author of Five Midnights and Category Five

​“Bound to give you jittery nightmares–when you can finally fall asleep.” —Emma Berquist, author of Devils Unto Dust

“A thrilling mindbender.” —BCCB

“A sinister story that slowly builds to a heart-pounding climax.” —Kirkus

Trigger warnings: Elements of horror including: body horror relating to teeth; references to child abuse; domestic violence; undiagnosed mental health issues; references to cannibalism.

Watch the book trailer:

Penguin Random House UK book trailer for Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis, 2020.