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I Am Dust

by Louise Beech

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Sci-Fi and Fantasy Spine-Chilling Fiction Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on I Am Dust

Chock-a-block with chills, this supernatural thriller also beautifully evokes teenage feelings of uncertainty and how they travel with us into adulthood. Theatre usher Chloe witnesses the iconic musical Dust returning to the stage after 20 years, the very stage said to be haunted by the leading actress who was murdered in her dressing room. It feels as though this book, which crosses genres so successfully, could only have been written by Louise Beech. Her ability to delve into the deepest of emotions and describe them so they land with acute precision in your own thoughts, is handfasted with her knowledge of the theatre. The past collides with the present and boy does the tension increase with each time switch. I felt as though I was a teenager again, and with all the buckets full of feelings that Chloe has to manage, I could have gathered her into the hugest hug. While this is spooky as heck, it is also hugely considerate of emotional heartache and distress. Compelling, original, and unmistakably Louise Beech, I Am Dust glides onto my Liz Robinson picks of the month.


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I Am Dust Synopsis

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, in a bewitching, beguiling, moving and terrifyingly dark psychological thriller...

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...

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I Am Dust Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Louise Beech’s latest psychological thriller is ghostly, mysterious, emotional, atmospheric and has a touch of the supernatural. I was emotionally drained by the ending, so powerful, poignant and beguiling. Very apt and so well written. Full review

Miriam Smith

WARNING!! This compulsively dark tale is not for the faint-hearted. It may well come back to haunt you! Full review

S. Harper

Thought-provoking, intense, exciting and very very compelling, I found this an engrossing and captivating read and strongly recommend it. Full review

Maxine Broadbent

A new author to me but one I will most certainly be reading more of. Full review

Hannah Symonds

Dark, dramatic and delightful. A thriller that has it all with magic, murder and melancholy. Full review

Nikki Telling

I Am Dust Press Reviews

Beautifully evocative - Espresso Coco

Unnerving, scary, creepy and heartbreakingly sad - Tales Before Bedtime

Atmospheric, haunting and sprinkled with magic - Off-the-Shelf Books

Floating, lyrical, almost mystical - Jen Med's Book Reviews

This book works magically, emotionally and psychologically -- Carol Lovekin

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781913193218
Publication date: 16/04/2020
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781913193218
Publication date: 16th April 2020
Author: Louise Beech
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 300 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Spine-Chilling Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Collections: Spine-Chilling Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Thriller / suspense, Horror & ghost stories,

About Louise Beech

Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The sequel, The Mountain in My Shoe, was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Maria in the Moon was compared to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, and widely reviewed. All three books have been number one on Kindle, Audible and Kobo in USA/UK/AU. She regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail, where she was a columnist for ten years. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, ...

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