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Review: The Disappearing Act


Title: The Disappearing Act

Author: Catherine Steadman

Release Date: June 8th, 2021

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Find it here: Goodreads


Synopsis from Goodreads: 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?


My Review: There were a couple things about this book I really enjoyed. I really like Mia right at the start. I enjoyed the premise of the story, it felt fresh and new. I also enjoyed the setting and reading about a movie stars life. There were also a few things about the book that I did not like, the first one being the pacing. The book dragged in a few places and I ended up skim reading large sections. I also didn't love the ending. It, along with a few other points in the book, felt unrealistic for the character. Overall it was a pretty good psychological thriller but not my favorite.


*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*