I AM DUST by Louise Beech

I AM DUST by Louise Beech

When I heard that Louise Beech was due to release another book this month and that there was the chance to be on the blog tour I jumped at the chance. The email came through and there I was straight on it saying yes please Anne. Anne Cater does an amazing job organsing all of the blog tours and no doubt gets bombarded with requests. Thank you Anne for everything that you do and for giving me the opportunity to review I Am Dust.

Many thanks also goes to Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books for her tireless work and determination to keep things going with no let up in the excitement of what is coming next. Thank you Karen!

How do I thank Louise Beech for this truly out of this world novel. Reading I Am Dust has been an absolute pleasure. Your outstanding talent to turn your hand to any genre is something I haven’t seen before. Thank you Louise, I look forward to what is coming next.

The Book

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…

My Thoughts

Wow what an outstanding read. I Am Dust is a mixture of horror, suspense, crime thriller and romance with a little sprinkle of magic which will keep every reader wanting more. 

I read at night in bed before I go to the land of nod. I Am Dust kept me awake not only because I couldn’t put it down but also because it was so scary and felt so real. 

When Chloe, Jess and Ryan start using the Ouigi board the horror went through me. I was scared! Holding my breath, glued to each and every word, heart racing wondering what on earth was going to happen next. Would I be able to get to sleep!?!

I could see the board and the glass moving. Louise Beech sets the scene so well that you feel you could be there with every character.

Finding out who murdered Morgan Miller can only be done in one way, through talking to Morgan herself. Will they find out what happened that fateful night?

Louise Beech writes the devastatingly life changing impact that using the Ouigi board has on each and every character.

Writing this horror suspense thriller and including a lesbian romance makes I Am Dust a Number 1 best seller in all of those categories for me. Louise Beech breaks my heart with romance and love. 

One particular chapter had me in tears and broke my heart not because of romance but because it was full of so much love. Just writing this now brings me to tears. I will not say which one and I will not tell you what happens. Just know that I Am Dust has everything any reader could want. 

My final words on I Am Dust to all readers out there….

Whatever you want in a novel this has it. You will not be disappointed. I dare you to see if I Am Dust scares you, brings a lump to your throat, makes you hold your breath and brings you to tears.

Let the words take you there!

The Author

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.

I Am Dust was published on 16th April 2020 by Orenda Books. Find out where you can buy a copy, go to Orenda Books or any good book shop.

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