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I Am Dust
I Am Dust

I Am Dust


300 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: October 2020

ISBN 9781913193218

Rights: US & CA

Orenda Books (Oct 2020)


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When iconic musical Dust is revived 20 years after the leading actress was murdered in her dressing room, a series of eerie events haunts the new cast, in a bewitching, beguiling and terrifyingly dark psychological thriller

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, in a bewitching, beguiling, moving and terrifyingly dark psychological thriller… 'A delicate supernatural thriller of love, loss, murder and the dangers that come with getting what you wish for. Quite lovely in a dark, dark way' Sarah Pinborough 'Dark and haunting … further cements Louise Beech as one of the most original and exciting authors of the moment' Claire Allan 'Haunting, provocative, and true to Beech's style: packed with pain and heart' Jack Jordan _________________________________ 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. Beech' LoveReadingAnd Chloe has been watching… ___________________ 'A bold, original concept brilliantly executed … I adored it' John Marrs 'Ghost story, murder mystery, romance. This mesmerising and entertaining book has it all…' Emma Curtis 'A delicate and mesmerising thriller' Matt Wesolowski 'Loads of twists and turns as the tension ramps up to breaking point' Gill Paul 'This book is about believing in yourself and finding out that you had the power all along' Madeleine Black 'It kept me reading until my eyes hurt and kept me thinking about it long after I'd finished' Fionnuala Kearney 'A work of almost tangible atmosphere and authenticity … poignant and layered' S. E. Lynes 'This book works magically, emotionally and psychologically' Carol Lovekin 'With its cast of leap-off-the-page characters, solidly created settings and a story arc that will keep you guessing, all delivered in this author's trademark lyrical style, I am Dust is Louise Beech's best crime book to date and I advise you to grab a copy as soon as you can' Crime Fiction Lover 'Haunting and provocative' Crime Monthly


"Fans of paranormal mysteries will be satisfied." —Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

Louise Beech's debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers' Choice for 2015. The follow-up, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. 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.