I hope everyone is well and having as lovely a weekend as you can.
This is a bit later than planned, but I now have my review of ‘I Am Dust’ by Louise Beech. For ease of reference here is the book blurb again.
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…
Wow! Just Wow!! ‘I Am Dust’ was such an amazing read and I really hope I can do it justice with this review.
Louise Beech has written a book so wonderful that it has left me in total awe. The writing is simply beautiful and very descriptive, and I loved the style of it. The words have a way of catching hold of you and tantalising you so that you become totally caught up in the story.
I really did like the storyline and found it to be extremely gripping. Bringing back the iconic musical ‘Dust’ after twenty years was bound to spark a lot of interest from the press because of what had happened the first time it played at the theatre. Was there any truth about the actress who was murdered in her dressing room haunting the theatre? What if history were to repeat itself?
Through Chloe, an usher at the theatre and the main character in this story, we learn about what happened when she was just a teenager along with Jess and Ryan. It made for quite disturbing reading at times, especially with the message they received, a warning you could say.
Chloe came across as a really lovely and genuine person. All she ever wanted was to be loved and she couldn’t even have that. One thing she did have though was a gift, whether she wanted it or not.
There were a few shocks later on in the story which left me totally gobsmacked. I also found the song that was sung by the actress who had been murdered to be pretty haunting. I thought the ending was very poignant. It is such a shame the way things worked out.
‘I Am Dust’ is haunting, mesmerising and chilling. It is a story of obsession, greed and betrayal and at the same time it is a love story of sorts.
This is not a book I will forget very easily, and it will definitely be going on my list of favourites. I think this could even be my most favourite book of the year.
If any book deserves to win an award it is this one. Louise Beech is an exceptionally talented writer. I highly recommend that you read ‘I Am Dust’. It is everything and more besides.
‘I Am Dust’ can be purchased from Amazon:-
Thank you to the publisher for my review copy.