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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Something in the Water and Mr. Nobody comes “an unputdownable mystery about the nightmares that abound in the pursuit of Hollywood dreams” (Caroline Kepnes, author of the You series). 

“Stylish, riveting, hugely atmospheric - I couldn’t put it down.” (Lucy Foley, author of The Guest List)

One of the Best Books of the Summer - Entertainment WeeklyPopSugar

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?

©2021 Catherine Steadman (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Page-turning...tackles the dark side of Hollywood.” (Entertainment Weekly, The Best Thrillers)

“Catherine Steadman’s The Disappearing Act is pure catnip for the soul. It’s my favorite Steadman book yet, an unputdownable mystery about the nightmares that abound in the pursuit of Hollywood dreams.” (Caroline Kepnes, New York Times best-selling author of the You series) 

“Another page-turning winner from Catherine Steadman...ingenious and intriguing, with a fascinating insight into the acting world.” (B. A. Paris, New York Times best-selling author of Behind Closed Doors)

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Wish this book would disappear!

I'm officially done with this author. This is the best of her novels, but unfortunately, that is not saying much.

Like her other books, this one has a stupid female lead making terrible decisions, a ridiculous underlying premise, and one unbelievable development after another.

A British actress flys to LA for auditions, meets a stranger at an audition, ends up in possession of the stranger's car keys and wallet, and becomes obsessed with the stranger's disappearance.

She blames her obsession on the fact that her boyfriend dumped her...so of course she needs something to occupy her mind (instead of focusing on her acting career). She goes to ridiculous lengths to find out what happened.

Along the way, someone hires yet another actress to impersonate the missing stranger as part of an "immersive theater experience"...right, because that would happen.

A random, gorgeous man (who later we learn is a rich producer) approaches the main character near the stranger's abandoned car and is very interested in the disappearance....because that is not a red flag at all. After this meeting, two phone calls, and one sushi meal, the main character wonders if this producer will move to London for her!!?? Of course, he agrees because she has "rock solid strength", "a good head on her shoulders" and "they are working towards something together". Even though he knows she is lying by omission.

She briefly involves the police, but decides it is best to handle this on her own. It seems like a good idea to allow herself to be lured alone to the Hollywood sign.

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Does not disappoint

I would listen to Catherine Steadman read a grocery list. She has a phenomenal narration style with a cadence that is addictive.

I listened to both of her previous books twice—which is not something I typically do. Her characters are interesting and imperfect. Her story telling is easy and intense.

I waited rather impatiently for this book to release on Audible on June 8th and I finished it within about 24 hours. Worth my time. Worth your time.

With about 100 books downloaded and listened to from Audible, this is the first review I’ve written. Catherine Steadman deserves to be my inaugural rate and review!

JMPM
Michigan

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Reccomend

Great narration and a well paced story! 5 stars for Catherine Steadman...I could do without the loud piano keys playing over the author's voice in the beginning and end though.

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Phenomenal

Does. Not. Disappoint! Narration is so enjoyable to listen to, and Steadman is a natural author and performer. If you’re a fan of her previous work, you’ll love this as well.

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Perfection!

The narration was gorgeous and the story was mind-gripping. It had all my attention. The main character has so much dignity and humanity. She’s easy to like. Not a bit predictable — great!!

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An intriguing story!

This book was suspenseful and kept me on my toes as I listened. A good plot as well!

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Enjoyable

The plot is wild but keeps one guessing. Really enjoyed this as with her other work.

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Does not disappoint

I love this author so much! Steadman’s narration is unmatched and her stories are amazing. I would highly recommend

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another hit by Catherine Steadman

great book. every time I thought I had it all figured out something else would throw me off. I would definitely recommend it

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Absolutely Addictive

This author NEVER disappoints. This was an amazing story from start to finish. I also love that the author is also an actress and did the audio version.

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