Just as the north-Norfolk coast is picked away by the sea in Erosion, so are the lives of these protagonists exposed with devastating effect. This is primarily a novel about secrets and their discovery. In a swift, taut narrative, Hemmings charts the disintegration of a marriage when hidden pasts are revealed - and does so with such deftness that, like the coastline, nothing feels safe. But equally, it is a novel of survival. It's about human resilience, instinct and the force of human love - so that the novel's darkness is, ultimately, tempered with light. This is a book of originality; a tense, masterful and exhilarating read.


Susan Fletcher, author of Eve Green and The Silver Dark Sea