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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). 

“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.

©2021 Catherine Steadman (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Page-turning...tackles the dark side of Hollywood.” (Entertainment Weekly, The Best Thrillers)

“Stylish, riveting, hugely atmospheric — I couldn’t put it down.” (Lucy Foley, New York Times best-selling author of The Guest List)

“Auditions, screen tests, cutthroat competition: Catherine Steadman is familiar with the challenges of the acting biz.... Her perspective as an actress and a writer bring realism to this novel, as she dips into Hollywood’s murky waters.... In any good noir novel, an atmospheric locale is vital, and Steadman richly evokes Los Angeles ‘in all its monstrous glory’.... Reading The Disappearing Act is much like watching a suspenseful film.” (The Washington Post)

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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
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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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Phenomenal

Does. Not. Disappoint! Narration is so enjoyable to listen to, and Steadman is a natural author and performer. If you’re a fan of her previous work, you’ll love this as well.

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Could have been great with some editing

Great premise but needed a little work on the execution. There were parts where I couldn’t stop listening and then it would stall out and I’d forget I was listening. Just as I’d think this is awful it would get really good again. The editor Moises the mark on this one. Still worth your time and a credit.

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Perfection!

The narration was gorgeous and the story was mind-gripping. It had all my attention. The main character has so much dignity and humanity. She’s easy to like. Not a bit predictable — great!!

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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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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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Enjoyable

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

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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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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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