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.
And 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
‘Chock-a-block with chills, this supernatural thriller also beautifully evokes teenage feelings of uncertainty and how they travel with us into adulthood … While this is spooky as heck, it is also hugely considerate of emotional heartache and distress. Compelling, original, and unmistakably Louise Beech’ LoveReading
This disturbing tale of ghosts and theatrical ambition from British author Beech (Call Me Star Girl) opens in 2005, when three teenagers at a theater camp Ryan, Chloe, and Jess decide to "play a game" with an improvised Ouija board. Flashbacks to 1999 reveal that Jess and Chloe saw the premiere of the musical Dust starring Morgan Miller, who was found dead in her dressing room a few days into the run. Miller's murder remains unsolved. Then, in 2019, a revival of Dust is about to open in the same theater where it premiered. Chloe is working as an usher, and Jess, who has assumed a stage name, is playing the lead. Chloe and Jess haven't seen each other since they were teenagers, and their renewed relationship stirs up long-forgotten memories, some of them terrifying, as well as malignant spirits once conjured by the Ouija board. Ryan, who last saw the women when they parted as teenagers, is in the audience opening night. A murder soon follows. Readers should be prepared for a lot of chat about the afterlife. Fans of paranormal mysteries will be satisfied.