Today I am reviewing on its publication day The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman, published by Simon & Schuster.
A woman has gone missing
But did she ever really exist?
Mia Eliot has travelled from London to LA for pilot season. This is her big chance to make it as an actor in Hollywood, and she is ready to do whatever it takes. At an audition she meets Emily, and what starts as a simple favour takes a dark turn when Emily goes missing and Mia is the last person to see her.
Then a woman turns up, claiming to be Emily, but she is nothing like Mia remembers. Why would someone pretend to be Emily? Starting to question her own sanity, she goes on a desperate and dangerous search for answers, knowing something is very, very wrong.
In an industry where everything is about creating illusions, how do you know what is real and how much are you willing to risk to find out the truth?
When you live your life blurring the lines between make believe and reality, would it make it easier or harder when faced with a similar situation off set? The cameras are not rolling, but it’s hard to tell the truth between fact and fiction in this story. Can Mia crack the mystery of the changing Emily and what will it cost her?
I love a story that incorporates the cutthroat world of the entertainment industry and Catherine Steadman has done a great job of bringing this to life. As an actress herself, she uses this to her advantage giving the reader a glimpse into Hollywood and show business.
The mystery itself plays out well and pulls you in giving off Black Dahlia vibes, the characters well fleshed out and play their roles well. The writing was engaging and held my attention and whilst the story is dark, I would have been comfortable if it had of been a bit more so.
The Disappearing Act is a slow burn that had me engrossed and captivated. It is Intense, suspenseful, a real page turner and one that I throughly enjoyed. This is my first book I have read by Catherine Steadman and I will be looking forward to reading more. All up this one is a very entertaining read.
Thanks to Catherine Steadman, Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Disappearing Act, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Catherine Steadman
Catherine Steadman is an actress and author based in London. She has appeared in leading roles on British and American television as well as on stage in the West End where she has been nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. She grew up in the New Forest, Hampshire, and now lives in North London with her husband and daughter.
Catherine’s first novel, Something in the Water, was a number one New York Timesbestseller with rights sold in over 30 territories. Film rights have also been sold to Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine. Her second novel, Mr Nobody, was published in 2020, and her third novel, The Disappearing Act, is coming in 2021.