Book Review: The Disappearing Act by Catharine Steadman

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This was my Taurus book rec for the month of June. To find out why and view the rest of my New Release Book Recs for June (based on your sun sign)👈 click here!


Mia Eliot is in Hollywood to make a fresh start. Her personal life may be crumbling around her but professionally she’s riding the wave of her new-found fame on the critically acclaimed show called, Jane. With nothing and no one holding her back, Mia is determined to land her next big role. But the L.A. scene is a lot more cut-throat than what she’s gotten used to in London. Mia finds solace one afternoon in commiserating over the whole charade with another actress at an audition. But only moments later the woman is gone, her keys and wallet left behind in Mia’s possession. What began for Mia as a random act of kindness is quickly spiraling into something more dangerous. In a city built on fake personas, how far should one actress go to discover what’s real?

“It’s hard not to think the worst when you’re trying not to think the worst.”

– Mia Eliot, The Disappearing Act

🔑🔑🔑 Three Stars (as rated in Emily’s car keys)

I very much wanted to love this story. It has a neat enough premise and I think the bones were there. I just didn’t really connect with any of what was happening and felt let down by the end. I can’t say it was “bad” in any way, but I certainly had to drag myself through the end. Truth be told, my biggest motivator for finishing this book is that it was my Taurus pick for the month of June and I am nothing if not a completionist!

”I will not play the role he’s cast me in. I will write my own story.”

Mia Eliot, The Disappearing Act

book at a glance

💥 Dramatic Ending
🔎 Mystery/ Thriller
💀 Dark Content
🎥 Holly- wood Noir

✨ Read this book because: you need a beach read or something to get you through a flight or longer commute.

✨ Content warnings: sexual assault, sexual violence, rape, violence, murder, drowning, gun violence, blackmailing, threats of violence, suicide, stalking, adultery, toxic friendship, car accident, gaslighting

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about the author

Catharine Steadman

(The following was copied from the author’s profile on Penguin Random House) Catherine Steadman is an actress and author based in London. She has appeared in leading roles on British and American television as well as on stage in the West End, where she has been nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. She grew up in the New Forest, Hampshire, and now lives in North London with her husband and daughter. Steadman’s first novel, Something in the Water, was a New York Times bestseller with rights sold in over thirty territories. Film rights have also been sold to Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine. Steadman’s second novel, Mr. Nobody, was published in 2020. The Disappearing Act is her third novel.

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Thanks for reading, friends!


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