A literary thriller set during the devastating North Sea flood of 1953, in which a love triangle turns murderous.
An atmospheric literary thriller set during the devastating North Sea flood of 1953, in which a love triangle turns murderous.
Her heart beat hard. There was a crazed beauty to the storm. It was almost miraculous, the way it took away the mess of life, sweeping all in its path...
No-one could have foreseen the changes the summer of 1952 would bring. Cramming for her final exams on her family's farm on the Norfolk coast, Verity Frost feels trapped between past and present: the devotion of her childhood friend Arthur, just returned from National Service, and her strange new desire to escape.
When Verity meets Jack, a charismatic American pilot, he seems to offer the glamour and adventure she so craves, and Arthur becomes determined to uncover the dirt beneath his rival's glossy sheen.
As summer turns to winter, a devastating storm hits the coast, flooding the land and altering everything in its path. In this new, watery landscape, Verity's tangled web of secrets, lies and passion will bring about a crime that will change all their lives forever.
Praise for The Night of the Flood
'Evocative, glorious and tragic' Melanie Golding
'A taut, impressive debut' Neil Hegarty
'Atmospheric and haunting' Emma Stonex
'A compelling story about love and friendship, secrets and betrayal' Anna-Marie Crowhurst
About the Author
Zoe Somerville is a writer and English teacher. Having lived all over the world - Japan, France, Washington - she now lives in Bath with her family. After completing a creative writing MA at Bath Spa, Zoe started writing her debut novel, which is inspired by her home county, Norfolk, and the devastating North Sea flood of the 1950s.