From the New York Times bestselling 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
A woman has gone missing. But did she ever really exist?
A leading British actress hoping to make a splash in America flies to Los Angeles for the grueling gauntlet known as pilot season, a time when every network and film studio looking to fill the rosters of their new shows entice a fresh batch of young hopefuls—anxious, desperate, and willing to do whatever it takes to make it.
Instead, Mia Eliot, a fish out of water in the ruthlessly competitive and faceless world of back-to-back auditioning, discovers the sinister side of Hollywood when she becomes the last person to see Emily, a newfound friend. Standing out in a conveyor-belt world of fellow aspiring stars, Emily mysteriously disappears following an audition, after asking Mia to do a simple favor. But nothing is simple. Nothing is as is seems. And nothing prepares Mia for a startling truth: In a city where dreams really do come true, nightmares can follow.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In British actress and best-selling novelist Catherine Steadman’s thriller, a starlet risks her safety and sanity to track down a missing woman. Fresh off an acclaimed art house film, London actress Mia Eliot lands in Hollywood to take her career to the next level—and to forget her cheating ex. But a meeting with another actress at an audition drags her into a strange, dangerous conspiracy. Steadman (whom we loved as Mabel Fox in Downton Abbey) knows what it’s like to be newcomer in L.A., and that perspective helps ground her twisty, fast-moving plot in reality. Mia’s obsessive tendencies, innate curiosity, and compassionate nature make her a strong and relatable lead. Steadman gives a great performance as the audiobook’s narrator, capturing the story’s beats and emotions and giving all the other characters—especially the mysterious, elusive Emily—pitch-perfect characterizations. The Disappearing Act kept us scratching our heads until the startling final twist.
Pretty good mystery!
Fun read! The book held my attention and had me guessing for most of the book! Closer to the end, it seemed like the protagonist was missing clues as she was narrating the story - because after most of the pieces were coming together, I was able to puzzle things together before the main character. I mostly had some issues toward the end of the novel, as the protagonist seemed to throw herself into danger after having clear and obvious reasons to be suspicious in her given situation. That could have been a tool to build to an exciting climax, but I wish it was handled in a way that made the protagonist seem smart instead of foolish. It’s like she had every reason to run the opposite direction but she kept walking toward the danger. 😐Otherwise it had me guessing for 80% of the novel, so it was fun to listen to!
When I chose this book to listen to, I thought it was going to be your run of the mill, easy breazy beach read. It turned out to be one of the best mysteries I’ve read in a while. HIGHLY recommend. Can’t wait to listen to or read another one of her books!