Micro-Review #116: The Disappearing Act

by Catherine Steadman

This psychological thriller focuses on actors trying to make it in Hollywood. When one performer disappears after an audition, another’s life is turned upside down. What happened to Emily? Why is Mia now in danger? Mia’s story unfolds at a fast, voicy clip that’s easy to follow.

The story is intriguing enough, and there are plenty of insights into the acting life, but certain questions of logic do arise. Chief among them: when dangerous things happen, why not call the police? You might also start to tune out before the thrilling climax (I did), but the good in this story outweighs the bad. It’s a pacey, digestible work of escapism.

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