Review: The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman

Author: Catherine Steadman
Publisher: Bellantine Books
Released: June 8, 2021
Received: NetGalley

3 1/2 kitties

Are you ready for a thriller and psychological suspense novel full of twists and turns? The Disappearing Act, written by Catherine Steadman, combines Hollywood and missing persons in this new novel.

Mia Eliot is a star in her own right – successfully landing drama roles in her home country. But now? She has her eyes set on Hollywood, and she’s ready to take the world by storm. Or so she thinks. Yet when she sees the darkness that Hollywood has to offer, she’s suddenly rethinking her plans.

She’s finally heading to Los Angeles, just in time for the busiest event of the year: pilot season. Now is when all casting calls are happening, and Mia is hoping to make it big. Only, she’s about to witness something that will change her outlook on this industry forever.

“The next few months are going to hurt, but I’m going to be okay. I will not play the role he’s cast me in. I will write my own story.”

The Disappearing Act is a novel perfect for anybody that loves darker Hollywood tales. This one isn’t afraid to show the more insidious side of the entertainment industry, complete with missing persons and deception.

This is a novel that has a blend of good and bad, in equal measures. It was a fun read, and overall I really loved Catherine Steadman’s writing style. However, aspects of the plot felt over the top to me. Sort of like they asked too much for me to find them believable.

However, I did actually quite like the characters portrayed. Or at least I really liked Mia, and I mostly liked the secondary characters we got to know. It was an exciting story with a whole lot of potential.

Thanks to Bellantine Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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