An addictive and deadly page turner set against the backdrop of Hollywood!
I was kindly gifted a copy of this by Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review.
The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman
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.
This book was so addictive which I flew through and read in one sitting!
We are introduced to Mia, an actress, who experiences a bad break-up and jets off to casting season in LA where as soon as she lands all the action begins. Chapters are short and sharp, always leaving the reader wanting more.
I especially loved the details about LA and the various casting calls. It was fascinating to read about and get that backstage access feel. Whilst Mia is potentially going to be cast for a major film the story revolves around her quest to find out who this mystery Emily is and why it’s not the girl she originally saw.
The tension builds brilliantly throughout and it was one of those thrillers that had me trusting absolutely no one and this suspicion was kept going until the very end. I didn’t know how it was going to all work out but I was definitely happy with the twists that were revealed and I feel they worked well within the story – nothing felt too over the top.
Not only was it a fantastic psychological thriller but it also explored the gritty and sometimes murky world of fame and the power people have over you.
Overall this was fast paced, addictive and a brilliant page turning thriller that will keep the suspense up until the very end!