Latest Reads: The Disappearing Act Catherine Steadman.

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 would you risk to find out?

The Disappearing Act was a beautifully twisty turny psychological thriller set in the glittery world of Hollywood, auditions and competition.

Our main protagonist Mia is a British actress of some success who, during a trip to LA for various role possibilities meets the friendly yet enigmatic Emily who promptly disappears, leaving a stranger in her place…

That’s the mystery then and what follows is a cleverly intuitive character drama that digs underneath the surface glamour to a world of manipulation, half truths and obfuscation. Mia is a genuinely engaging character who you happily follow along with throughout her journey to the truth, her decision making good and bad changing the perspective until finally all is revealed.

It is an excellent unpredictable thriller with a great ending and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

You can purchase The Disappearing Act (Simon and Schuster UK) Here.

Happy Reading!

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