Hello! Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for I Am Dust by Louise Beech, which is available now (links below).
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 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 Am Dust is the first of Louise Beech‘s books that I have read, but I have had Call Me Star Girl on my TBR for ages and will be bumping it up the pile asap!
I Am Dust is intriguing and compelling from the first page and immediately held my attention. It is beautifully written, with vivid and atmospheric imagery, and great characterisations. Chloe is a wonderful character, at times powerful at others powerless. I could genuinely see the theatre and its various productions coming to life from the pages.
The book cleverly weaves the plot alongside that of Macbeth – the youth theatre’s production of choice – and perfectly blends its elements of murder mystery, supernatural suspense and Gothic love story. The back and forth narrative works well and I did not work out whodunit or how it would all come together. Amazing.
Huge thanks to Orenda Books, Louise Beech and TBC for my copy of the book.
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 Blog Tour
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