The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman

‘Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t disappear.’

British actor Mia Eliot travels to Los Angeles for the pilot season. She sees this as her big chance to make it as an actor in Hollywood and has several auditions lined up. At one audition, she meets Emily. Emily asks Mia for a simple favour, hands over her car keys, and then goes missing. Mia, keen to return Emily’s property, tries to make contact. A woman, claiming to be Emily, turns up but Mia is certain that she is not the same woman. The police do not seem interested, so Mia embarks on her own investigation.

Hollywood provides the perfect location for this psychological thriller. Everyone, it seems, is acting. Everyone, it seems, want to be someone else. And some of those people will do anything to keep their secrets. So, how can you judge who is real? The more Mia investigates, the more convinced she becomes that something is wrong. And, then she stumbles into something far more dangerous.

‘I wish I was safe. But I’m not.’

If you enjoy fast-paced psychological thrillers where lives become less important than roles and where reality is an illusion blurred by smoke and distorted by mirrors, then you may also enjoy this.  I certainly did.

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith