Today, Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for I Am Dust by Louise Beech, and I’ll be sharing her review with you all just a little further down.
About 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.
About 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
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…
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Once again Louise Beech has thrown a genre curveball and this time delivers a hauntingly beautiful ghost story set in a theatre.
The Dean Wilson Theatre is believed to be haunted by a long-dead actress (Morgan Miller) star of the iconic musical Dust who was murdered in her dressing room and her killer never found. Theatre usher Chloe saw the production when she was young and dreams of being on stage herself, to be showered in glitter rather than the one who sweeps it up. After twenty years Dust is returning and there is much speculation as to who will take on the role of Esme Black originally played by Morgan Miller. Chloe soon begins to hear and see unusual things but she has always been told she is magical.
As the actors arrive these ghostly happenings intensify – is the role of Esme Black cursed? What will happen if Chloe reunites with some friends from the past she had forgotten all about? Is Chloe magical or mad?
As always with this authors novels there is more than appears at first sight, we have teenage angst, Ouija boards, secrets and murder. With glimpses into Chloe’s past the picture slowly becomes clear and the audience often discover the truth as she does. Chloe is a fantastic main character and I really felt for her; there is nothing worse than rejection (or indeed those flutterings of first love). I’m sure there are a lot of events we’d all like to forget from our youth! This all consuming love for another and the desire to discover more about Morgan empower Chloe in a lot of ways making her the obvious lead in this novel.
Of course it wouldn’t be a Louise Beech novel without a little heartbreak and shocking revelations but I’ll leave those for you to enjoy and discover for yourself.
Another truly bewitching offering from this author…I’m beginning to wonder what her wish at the Ouija board might have been!