My novel is provisionally titled ‘Dancing with Deception’ and it’s a story of deception, love, murder and betrayal set in occupied Paris during WWII.
Essentially, it’s the tale of a young Australian nurse who sets off to join a Red Cross hospital in downtown Paris only to find herself caught in the German invasion. She soon becomes caught up in the work of the local resistance cell but finds herself targeted by the Gestapo chief who is keen to establish a friendship with her – or more if he can. Increasingly the young nurse treads a fine line between the two, desperate not to betray the resistance but also to glean any information she can from her Gestapo lover, conscious all the while that she is supposedly neutral.
The setting is important as the bitter street fighting between the resistance and the German patrols see the hospital inundated with wounded, while downed RAF airmen are also cleverly hidden under the nose of the hospital’s stridently neutral matron.
There is a substantial twist at the climax of the story with betrayal, murder and ultimately love as the Allied forces close in and the liberation of Paris draws ever closer. In the final chapters of the book, a secret is revealed which turns the traditional battle of good and evil on its head.
As the war approaches its climax, Marisa’s Gestapo lover flees and the young nurse follows. He is ultimately revealed as a key operator in a resistance escape line that traverses four countries. But he has a secret which threatens to crush him. Marisa finally discovers the truth behind the man who risked his life to save others in a masterpiece of deception.