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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). 

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

What the critics say

“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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Absolutely LOVE her books!

WOW. What can I say other than she is a fantastic writer! So worth purchasing! The narration is fantastic to listen to.., also have the hard copy! Cannot go wrong with any of her books! Highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Brilliant

Well done! My first audiobook and I loved it! Thank you so much Catherine! Your voice is so soothing and the story is well done! Full of laughter, dread and mystery. Truly enjoyed it!

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  • Jennifer Paugh
  • 2021-06-10

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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  • Amanda
  • 2021-06-14

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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  • Charity Mueggenberg
  • 2021-06-14

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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  • Maureen Miller
  • 2021-06-13

Enjoyable

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

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  • Jennifer Nelson
  • 2021-06-12

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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  • Sheroldy
  • 2021-06-11

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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  • amanda birdyshaw
  • 2021-06-10

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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  • Kristin branscum
  • 2021-06-22

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Ridiculous story line, not remotely believable just don't get why an author would even bother writing something of bad quality it's an insult to the readers.

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  • Margaret M. Priesmeyer
  • 2021-06-22

Loved this book! Had me on the edge of my seat.

Catherine Stedman proves again what a great writer she is. She is also an excellent narrator.

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  • Denise Morgan
  • 2021-06-21

Stunning/gripping

Kathleen Steadman has done it again!!! The book grabs your interest from the very 1st chapter. The author has the ability to keep you wanting more. She also reads with such ease. I love listening to her voice.
Thank you, can’t wait for the next one!!