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#Review I am Dust by Louise Beech
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I Am Dust
by Louise Beech
publisher: Orenda Books
When iconic musical Dust is revived twenty years after the leading actress was murdered in her dressing room, a series of eerie events haunts the new cast…
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?
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…
I think this is the first time where I am at a loss of how to review a book to do it justice. I really really enjoyed I Am Dust and was engrossed with it from the start. The story is told in duel timelines that intertwine flawlessly. The Dean Wilson Theatre is set to host the production of I Am Dust 20 years after it first took to the stage and also when tragedy struck, our main character Chole is working here as an Usher and she remembers seeing the play all those years ago with her mum when she was 10 years old. When the lead star Ginger arrives at the theatre it opens up memories for both of them. When the timeline switches to the past we find out that Chole, Ginger (who was known by Jess) and their friend Ryan did a Ouija board.
You can see where the story is going with the duel timelines making this a creepy paranormal tale that will give you chills, but I for one was not expecting the twist at the end! I never really saw that coming and it was just brilliant.
5 star read for sure
Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. Her second book, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Both of her previous books Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost were widely reviewed, critically acclaimed and number-one bestsellers on Kindle. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was shortlisted for the RNA Most Popular Romantic Novel Award in 2019. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.