Love, lies and deceit in occupied Paris: a young nurse finds herself caught between the resistance and the Gestapo.
Marisa Carnarvon is an enigma to her family. In 1938 she turns her back on her privileged Sydney lifestyle to become a nurse in a London hospital. With conflict looming, she moves to a Red Cross hospital in Paris, totally unprepared for the forces the approaching maelstrom will unleash. In June 1940 the Germans invade Paris and the young nurse is soon pressured by the leader of the local resistance cell to work for the fledgling movement. Marisa's life becomes increasingly precarious with the arrival of a new Gestapo chief who sets out to seduce her, and the hunt for a traitor in the organisation that throws her into the resistance firing line.
As war approaches its climax, Marisa's Gestapo lover flees and the young nurse follows. Only now does Marisa finally discover the truth behind the man whose life was a masterpiece of deception.
Catherine McCullagh trained as a teacher before embarking on a career in the Australian Army. On leaving the Army, she established herself as a freelance editor specialising in military history, before launching a new career, this time as a writer. Her first published works were non-fiction, beginning with Willingly into the Fray, a centenary history of Australian Army nursing, followed by War Child, a ghost-written wartime memoir, and Unconquered, which she co-wrote with Denny Neave and Gordon Traill. Catherine’s first historical novel, Dancing with Deception, was published in 2017 and was followed by Secrets and Showgirls in 2021. Her next novel, Love and Retribution, was released in 2022, with Resistance and Revenge published in May 2023. Like its predecessor, Power and Obsession is an alternative history novel, marking a shift from traditional historical fiction and into the world of supposition, in this case, occupied Britain.