Thanks for stopping by! Today you can catch my review for I Am Dust by Louise Beech. I actually bought my copy a couple of weeks back. I just didn’t have much free time to read it but as they say better late than never! First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
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…
I’m really not sure how to start my review for I Am Dust or if it will make much sense. I guess I’m just trying to get my thoughts and feelings down because this book made me feel so many emotions! I will try to put into words how much I loved it because it really is a beauty!
There is a little bit of everything within the pages of I Am Dust. All coming together to create a haunting, beautiful and intriguing tale. There are quite a few themes within the story but I’m not going to name them all. It’s best if you just go in with as little information as possible. That way you can experience all the little details for yourself!
I Am Dust completely captured my attention and moves at such a wonderful pace. In no time at all I was pulled into Chloe’s story as we meet her in the present but also get to experience her past. Louise Beech really knows how to craft and mould the characters in her stories. Making them realistic by showing all of their vulnerabilities, flaws and strengths. Chloe especially felt very real to me, from hearing her inner thoughts as the past is slowly unravelled and again as I got to experience all of her emotions.
I wished that I could have sat and read this book in one sitting. Even when I wasn’t reading I was thinking about the characters and about what could happen next. I became well and truly invested in Chloe’s life both in the past and present. For me there was a kind of sadness along with an unsettling feeling to the story even from the very beginning. These feelings linger below the surface not quite breaking fully through until the stunning conclusion. I guess it was just there waiting to reach out and catch me unawares. This all added a beautiful depth to the story and created something completely captivating.
Did I cry? Yes, I did and they were real ugly tears, but you know what? It was so worth it!! Just as I was unsure how to start this review I guess I’m not quite sure how to finish it. All I can say is that I Am Dust is a beautiful story and a truly magical experience! I highly recommend it!