February 28, 2021

I Am Dust – Louise Beech

Welcome back to another Blog Tour! Today I am delighted to be on Day 2 of the tour for I Am Dust by Louise Beech.

With thanks to Orenda Books for an advance review copy** of the novel and also to Anne Cater for organising this month long Blog Tour!


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…

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This book is creepy with a capital CREEP.

Remember in Friends when Joey had to put The Shining in the freezer when it got to a scary part… I Am Dust is up there.

Louise Beech has created a tense, atmospheric and downright terrifying story in I Am Dust. Part unrequited love story and part ghost story it pulls you in and won’t let go until you reach the very last spine-chilling page.

With ouija boards, witches, magic, ghosts, ghouls all set in the Dean Wilson Theatre I found that I could easily imagine both the setting and also the feelings between the main characters of Chloe, Jess and Kyle.

Jumping back and forth from 2005 to 2019, the story is centred around Chloe – a huge fan of the musical Dust, aspiring writer and theatre usher at the Dean Wilson. Beech has managed to capture Chloe’s personality in addition to her worries, her mental health, and her memories of 2005. It’s not often that an author can create a character that you are completely invested in from the first few chapters but with Chloe, Louise Beech has managed it.

I absolutely loved this book (can you tell yet). It’s so wonderfully creepy, if I didn’t want to destroy my Kindle it’d be in the freezer.

Online Blanket Fort doesn’t ‘do’ star reviews but if I did this would definitely be a 5-star without a shadow of a doubt.

I Am Dust is published on April 16th by Orenda Books. You can pre-order your copy using this link*: https://amzn.to/39xEydD

About Louise Beech

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 Orenda Books

Orenda Books is a small independent publishing company specialising in literary fiction with a heavy emphasis on crime/ thrillers, and approximately half the list in translation. They’ve been twice shortlisted for the Nick Robinson Best Newcomer Award at the IPG awards, and publisher and owner Karen Sullivan was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2016. In 2018, they were awarded a prestigious Creative Europe grant for their translated books programme. Three authors, including Agnes Ravatn, Matt Wesolowski and Amanda Jennings have been WHSmith Fresh Talent picks, and Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award, won an English PEN Translation Award, and adapted for BBC Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime. Six titles have been short- or long-listed for the CWA Daggers. Launched in 2014 with a mission to bring more international literature to the UK market, Orenda Books publishes a host of debuts, many of which have gone on to sell millions worldwide, and looks for fresh, exciting new voices that push the genre in new directions. Bestselling authors include Ragnar Jonasson, Antti Tuomainen, Gunnar Staalesen, Michael J. Malone, Kjell Ola Dahl, Louise Beech, Johana Gustawsson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Sarah Stovell.

*This post contains an Amazon Associate link. Should you choose to buy a copy of I Am Dust using the link then I shall receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

** I received a complimentary copy of I m Dust from the publisher. This review forms my honest and unbiased opinion.

6 thoughts on “I Am Dust – Louise Beech

  1. I’m not really one to read these kinds of books because I’m the biggest wimp going but this sounds like it has a lot of elements that I would love. Maybe it’s because of the state of the world but I’m in the mood for creepy, atmospheric books and this sounds like it ticks all the boxes. If I’m brave enough I’ll add it to my TBR for when it comes out 😂 great review!

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