by K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #1
Published on October 7th, 2014
by Atria Books
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Narrator: Elizabeth Louise, Josh Goodman
Source: Purchased for Audible
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Also by this author: Ten Tiny Breaths, One Tiny Lie, Four Seconds To Lose, Five Ways To Fall
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.
According to Goodreads, I finished reading Burying Water back in March! I have no idea what happened, but finally, here is the review 🙂 Burying Water is my first book by Tucker and I really enjoyed it.
This book is packed-full of emotion and it hits you in the head (or heart) like an anvil. The story is raw, not pretty, full of pain, but with a great ending. Alex and Jesse meet by chance, when he stops to help her with a flat tire in the middle of a storm. But alas, it seem like fate keeps pushing them together. Alex is married to Victor, who seems to have ties to the mob and is not a good person. In fact, he’s abusive towards Alex and it makes it very uncomfortable for anyone to be around them when together.
“He said the truth is like that water: it doesn’t matter how hard you try to bury it; it’ll always find some way back to the surface. It’s resilient.”
The story is told from alternating points of view, from Jesse in the past and from Water (Alex) in the present. I kept wishing to both POVs to meet with each other so I could understand and read the ending faster! Jesse tells us the story from the beginning, while Water’s story starts when she wakes up in the hospital and cannot remember her past. Water’s sections are absolutely heartbreaking, she went through so much at such a young age, I cannot imagine having to endure so much pain and uncertainty.
“What if all those little bits that make up me get lost, overshadowed by one dark memory? My last memory, the one that made me want to forget everything else in the first place. Will I be able to escape the kind of damage that experience can cause?”
I really liked the host of characters that accompany Jesse and Water. Jesse’s parents are very supportive, and so is Jesse’s sister. Boone is his roommate and a good friend at the end. I really enjoyed Ginny, who kind of adopts Water and shares her very sad story in order to force her out of her comfort zone and make her choose to live, the opposite of what she did.
One of the things I liked the most was how Water and Jesse’s souls seem to remember each other, how distance and heartache and pain cannot separate them. It’s so romantic *sigh* Sadly – and this is just my moral radar talking – I really didn’t like the cheating parts. Especially since when it started Jesse and Water (Alex) didn’t even knew each other well. Also, Victor’s fate was a bit too convenient for my taste. The writing is sublime, lyrical, and full of raw emotions and insights. I can for certainty say that it will not be my last book by Tucker.
“The mind, it can be a deceitful thing. But it is no match for the heart.”
Overall, Burying Water is a great start to the series and I can’t wait to see what happens next. It’s a very powerful read, full of cruelty, injustice, put the power of love, patience and resilience. I’m curious to read Boone’s story and to continue the series and maybe start the Ten Tiny Breaths series too.
The audiobook was a great experience. There are two narrators, Elizabeth Louise which is one of my favorite narrators and Josh Goodman, which is now to me. It is always a plus when books that are told in alternating points of view have two narrators. As I said, I really love Louise’s voice and active abilities and Goodman was not bad either. I recommend the audiobook for sure!