I’m thrilled to be sharing my review of the extraordinarily beautiful I Am Dust by Louise Beech with you today. Thank you to Helen Boyce from TBC and Orenda Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this stunning book.
About the book:
A haunted theatre
A murdered actress
Three cursed teenagers
A secret that devastates them all…
The Dean Wilson Theatre is believed to be haunted by a long-dead actress, singing her last song, waiting for her final cue, looking for her killer…
Now Dust, the iconic musical, is returning after twenty years. But who will be brave enough to take on the role of ghostly goddess Esme Black, last played by Morgan Miller, who was murdered in her dressing room?
Theatre usher Chloe Dee is caught up in the spectacle. As the new actors arrive, including an unexpected face from her past, everything changes. Are the eerie sounds and sightings backstage real or just her imagination? Is someone playing games?
Is the role of Esme Black cursed? Could witchcraft be at the heart of the tragedy? And are dark deeds from Chloe’s past about to catch up with her?
Not all the drama takes place onstage. Sometimes murder, magic, obsession and the biggest of betrayals are real life. When you’re in the theatre shadows, you see everything.
And Chloe has been watching…
About the author:
Louise’s debut novel, How to be Brave, was a Guardian Readers’ pick in 2015 and a top ten bestseller on Amazon. The Mountain in my Shoe longlisted for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize 2016.
The Sunday Mirror called Maria in the Moon ‘quirky, darkly comic, original and heartfelt’. It was also a Must Read in the Sunday Express and a Book of the Year at LoveReadingUK.
The Lion Tamer Who Lost was described as ‘engrossing and captivating’ by the Daily Express. It also shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Novel of the Year and longlisted for the Polari Prize 2019.
Call Me Star Girl hit number one on Kobo. It also longlisted for the Not The Booker Prize and won the Best magazine Big Book Award 2019.
I Am Dust is out in 2020.
Link to her website – http://louisebeech.co.uk/
How is it even possible to do this beautiful book justice? I Am Dust by Louise Beech goes from chilling psychological thriller to a hauntingly beautiful ghost story that will make your heart hurt. The author’s talent is immense as she brings these characters so vividly to life, with the atmospheric setting of the theatre becoming a character in its own right.
An exquisitely written story I would highly recommend. Louise Beech is an accomplished author who has the ability to transport you instantly to another time and place no matter what genre she writes in. Outstanding!
*mini review* Full review to follow shortly.
The ebook of I Am Dust by Louise Beech is available to buy now: Amazon UK
Paperback available to preorder now: Amazon UK