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The Disappearing Act

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A British actress discovers the dark side of Hollywood when she is the only witness to the sudden disappearance of a woman she meets at an audition in this psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Something in the Water and Mr. Nobody.

Once a year, actors from across the globe descend on the smog and sunshine of Los Angeles for pilot season. Ever
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: June 8th 2021 by Ballantine Books
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    Natalie
    Dec 20, 2020 rated it liked it
    This book drew me in initially, but there emerged a very strong credibility factor which I found hard to overcome. I loved the character of Mia and the meet cute with Nick, but the center of the story is very flawed. So, with the issues I found, it should have been a great read, but it’s still a good one.

    Thanks Netgalley for this ARC.
    Robin
    Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc-first-reads
    I have really enjoyed Catherine Steadman's books in the past and this one was no exception. It was a enjoyable read, though I was a bit angry with the portrayal of the main character. Mia, a British actress comes to LA to further her acting career. Within her first day or two in LA, she crosses paths with Emily and a whole bunch of craziness ensues. This is the part that makes me mad - the author makes Mia act stupidly and not take the advice of many people to stay out of things and move on. The ...more
    TC
    Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
    The Disappearing Act is a roller coaster ride of a book that will keep the reader guessing until the last page. Mia Eliot is an up and coming actor from London who decides to do some auditions in Los Angeles. Everything is going well until she meets another actor before an audition. However, when Mia agrees to do a favor for Emily her whole life gets turned upside down. Emily disappears. Mia tries to find her but is instead met with a woman pretending to be Emily. As her search continues she rea ...more
    Tammy Feeney
    Feb 19, 2021 marked it as to-read
    Thank you Netgalley for a copy of The Disappearing Act. I absolutely loved this book. I knew upon reading the description I had to read it, so I was ecstatic when I received my copy. I think Catherine Steadman hit the nail on the head with her portrayal of the LA scene of rush and hustle and the string of aspiring artists auditioning. Mia, a British actress, foreign to California, is overwhelmed and lonely, trying to get cast in a role. Here she befriends Emily, who is more casual about her audi ...more
    Danielle Giaccone Berrong
    Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley-arc, 2021
    Wow, what a book of twists and turns!!

    Mia Eliot is a British actress who learns her boyfriend of six years, George, has recently moved out without telling her and she is devastated. She decides soon after this to try her luck acting in LA and that's when everything falls apart.

    One day while waiting for an audition, Mia meets Emily. Emily asks Mia for a favor to add money to her parking meter. When she goes back to find Emily and give her back her keys and wallet, Emily has disappeared. Where ha
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    Jeff
    Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Mia is a British actress who flies to LA for some auditions. While there, she meets Emily, who is also auditioning for a role. During the course of the audition, Emily disappears, sending Mia on a frantic search for her. That’s the premise for The Disappearing Act, a spellbinding thriller that had me breezing through the pages. Loved the different premise, with a small cast of characters and enough twists to keep you guessing right to the end. I really enjoyed the author’s first two books, and t ...more
    Caroline Bartlett
    Feb 17, 2021 rated it liked it
    Read my full review here: https://www.howdidthatbookend.com/dis...

    Before starting this book I didn’t realize that Catherine Steadman is an actress as well as an author, which certainly gives her good perspective for The Disappearing Act! Color me impressed, because Something in the Water and Mr. Nobody were both amazing, and had nothing to do with acting.

    The Disappearing Act was a very quick read for me. I was drawn in by descriptions of Mia’s high-flying lifestyle, and kept interested by the my
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    Lorri Steinbacher
    Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Prepub. Due out June 2021.

    An insider's glimpse of Hollywood life where the drive to succeed could lead you to do things you might never have imagined just to make it. With a narrative that carries you forward to see what will happen next, and a main character that you can't help but root for, Steadman has written a quintessential Hollywood novel with a twist.

    Recommended for fans of Gone Girl but less dark.
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    Georgette
    Feb 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
    Highly implausible. Lead character was well written and likable. Otherwise, the cliches used in the narratives, the twists and turns that were anything but, and adding characters in who committed misdeeds and then just dropping them out of the story altogether without resolution? No thanks. Disappointing, as I liked her other books.
    Eve
    Sep 24, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Publication date : June 24, 2021

    A woman has gone missing
    But did she ever really exist?

    9780593158036

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    Catherine Steadman is an actress and writer based in North London, UK. She is best known for her role as Mabel Lane Fox in Downton Abbey and is currently filming on the new Starz television series 'The Rook'. She grew up in the New Forest, UK, and lives with a small dog and an average sized man. Something in the Water is her first novel.

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