The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: The Disappearing Act

Author: Catherine Steadman

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Publish Date: June 8, 2021

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman


Once a year, actors from across the globe descend on the smog and sunshine of Los Angeles for pilot season. Every cable network and studio is looking to fill the rosters of their new shows, enticing a fresh batch of young hopefuls—anxious, desperate, and willing to do whatever it takes to make it. Careers will be made, dreams will be realized, stars will be born. And some will be snuffed out.

British star Mia Eliot has landed leading roles in costume dramas in her native country, but now it’s time for Hollywood to take her to the next level. Mia flies across the Atlantic to join the horde of talent scrambling for their big breaks. She’s a fish out of water in the ruthlessly competitive arena of back-to-back auditioning. Then one day she meets Emily, another actress from out of town and a kindred spirit. Emily stands out in a conveyor-belt world of fellow auditionees. But a simple favor takes a dark twist when Emily disappears and Mia realizes she was the last person to see her. 

All Mia has to go on is the memory of a girl she met only once . . . and the suffocating feeling that something terrible has happened. Worse still, the police don’t believe her when she claims the real Emily has gone missing. So Mia is forced to risk the role of a lifetime to try to uncover the truth about Emily, a gamble that will force her to question her own sanity.

Actress and author Catherine Steadman has written a gripping thriller set in a world close to home that asks the question: In a city where dreams really do come true, how far would you go to make the unreal real?

The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman


Mia has traveled from London to LA to audition for new roles. While at an audition, she meets Emily, another actress. Mia does a simple favor for Emily, but that favor leads to a mysterious case of a missing woman. When Mia claims Emily is missing, no one seems to believe her.

Mia is a young woman on her own in a new country. She is not completely comfortable in LA, but she’s slowly finding her place. She is smart but naive. Her caring nature sometimes put her in sketchy situations. When she meets Emily, she finds a kindred spirit. When she realizes Emily is missing, she is drawn to find her new friend. A wild and twisty mystery follows.

The Disappearing Act is a slow building psychological thriller. Atmospheric and suspenseful.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Catherine Steadman:
  1. Something in the Water
  2. Mr. Nobody
  3. The Disappearing Act
  4. The Family Game
  5. Look in the Mirror

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