Series: Burying Water #1
Published by Atria Books on 7th October 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Issues, New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Source: Publisher, Publisher via NetGalley
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The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.
Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?
Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.
The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Burying Water is the first book I’ve read from K.A. Tucker and what a way to be introduced to this author! Burying Water has made itself right at home on my list of top ten all time favourites. I loved it that much. The opening scene had me hooked, my eyes were wide with shock, and I didn’t put the book down again until I was finished some five hours later.
Burying Water had it all. It had drama. It had suspense. It had emotion by the bucket load. It had romance. Most importantly, it had Jesse and Water. And I loved every. single. word.
I don’t think I have felt so consumed by, and so absolutely engrossed in, fictional characters in a long time. Reading Burying Water was just so hard to do, at times. The desperate situation that these characters found themselves in just seemed impossible to resolve and it made my heart ache for them. I fell in love with Jesse in the past and watched as Water fell in love in the present.
*Sigh – I’m getting teary-eyed just thinking about them while I write this review*
I don’t want to say anything about the storyline, Shannon’s going to touch on it in her review [so DON’T read on if you don’t want to know ANYTHING about the story], and also, I think that this is one of those books where the less you know before you read it, the better. I just really hope that you love it as much as I did.
*I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Wow! This book was so many things…intense…beautiful…sad… I’m pretty sure my emotions were all over the place but mainly I was feeling a lot of anticipation while reading.
Burying Water started with Jesse finding a girl left for dead in the woods who they name Jane Doe, since she couldn’t remember her name, or Water, once she named herself. After the prologue, it alternated POVs between Jesse, in the past, and Water, in the present. Everything in the past led up to the prologue and everything in the present happened after the prologue. The more and more I read of the past, the more anxiety I got. Seeing the events that led up to the prologue made me very nervous. Luckily, the present was more hopeful. Watching Water start fresh and build a life for herself was great. Of course there was always the underlying question in her mind about what happened and if she would ever remember her life or what happened to her. Based on how the past was shaping up, it was pretty clear what happened, but it still made me anxious while reading. I will say that reading the past with Jesse and Water before she was Water was great. I loved seeing their relationship develop, as heartbreaking as it was at times. In the present though, I loved the relationship between Water and Ginny, the old woman who took her in. Ginny had a bad past of her own and never dealt with it. With Water living with her, Ginny began to open up and let Water in. Her past was almost as sad as Water’s past. Let’s just say there was a lot of heartache and anxiety while I read this book.
Water was a great character. I enjoyed following her journey after her trauma and seeing how she dealt with it. Ginny was also another favorite of mine. She was crazy but I loved how she interacted with Water and how she had her own little journey as well. In the present, there actually wasn’t a lot of Jesse and even though we got a lot of him in the past, I really wished we could have gotten into his head in the present. Mainly so I knew what he knew and the reasoning behind why he avoided Water. I just wanted to jump to the end even though I was enjoying the journey. Patience was not my friend during this book :).
As a whole, I enjoyed the book a lot, but I felt a little let down by the ending. I was a little underwhelmed by it. It was still a good ending. I think I was just expecting something a little different. I also didn’t realize this was the beginning of her new series, I’m assuming standalones set in the same world, so I’m excited to see who the next book is about. I’ll also be interested to see if she sticks with the romantic suspense theme that Burying Water had. I hope so because I really enjoyed that element of it. With that said, Burying Water was a great book that definitely had me on the edge of my seat and still managed to have a lot of beautiful moments.