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.
'A story full of atmosphere and emotional undercurrents, set against a bleak but vividly portrayed landscape ... It's quality writing' Promoting Crime Fiction. 'Very atmospheric' Shots Magazine. 'The unusual setting, around a North Sea flood in 1953, adds to the appeal of this excellent debut thriller about a murderous love triangle' Independent. 'I read this on a warm Sunday and it was bliss ... Brilliant ... A very powerful read' Woman's Way. 'A brilliant new book ... Writing a book interweaving fiction with disasters in living memory is not easy and has to be written with utmost respect. Zoe has done just that' Eastern Daily Press. 'A gem for lovers of historical fiction' Evening Standard. 'A vivid portrait of Britain in the early '50s and a compelling story about love and friendship, secrets and betrayal' Anna-Marie Crowhurst, author of The Illumination of Ursula Flight. 'Simmering secrets, forbidden desires and the long shadows cast by a passionate crime combine in this atmospheric and haunting debut. Norfolk is beautifully conjured and the tension rises as surely as the tide' Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters. 'The Night of the Flood shows lives and landscapes suspended between past and future, life and death - and shows what happens when this fine, terrifying balance fails. A taut, impressive debut' Neil Hegarty, author of Inch Levels. 'Evocative, glorious and tragic all at once ... The writing is superb' Melanie Golding, author of Little Darlings.