Burying Water by K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: eARC, 320 pages
Length: 11 hours
Narrator: Elizabeth Louise, Josh Goodman
How I got it: NetGalley
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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.
Ok, so bear with me here. I’ve actually read Burying Water twice, but this is my first time reviewing it. Prior to its release, I read an eBook version but life got in the way and I didn’t have a chance to write my review. Shortly after that, I received an audiobook version for review, so I decided to hold off on the eBook review and just write one after finishing the audiobook. Yes, this book was so good that I insisted on reading it twice in a little less than two months.
I’m a big fan of K.A. Tucker’s new adult contemporaries. I loved every single book in the Ten Tiny Breaths series and, as sad as I was to see it end, I couldn’t wait to see what she would give us next. I love her writing style and her characters and admire the fact that she’s willing to “go there” with tough subjects. Burying Water sounded incredible, so I was beyond excited to read it. (Um, both times.) While this book had a decidedly different feel than any of her books I’ve read in the past, she still retained her voice. The characters were every bit as relatable and easy-to-love (or hate) as those in her other series.
I actually love the way this story was told. I thought it unique to have Jesse’s POV in the past and Water’s in the present. Through Jesse’s eyes, we learn what he knew of Water’s past and their relationship with each other. Through Water’s eyes, we watch as she tries to reconcile what happened to her and learn who she is or was and the struggle she has with whether or not she wants to know everything that happened before. It was an interesting balance and a great way to learn the important parts of the past, while keeping an eye on the future because that’s what was most important. My heart broke for Water and all that she dealt with and all that she lost.
I loved Jesse’s character, too. He wasn’t perfect and he made mistakes. But he always put Water first, even over his own needs. One of the things I loved most about this book was their journey back to each other. There were so many little moments that I didn’t grasp the gravity of until something was revealed in a flashback later. Those are the moments that made this book special to me. Her life with Jesse was lurking just under the surface and there’s no denying they were meant to be together. Not when HE (and the times associated with him) are what she was drawn to after.
The secondary characters in this book were so important to the story. The Welles family was integral to the story and I came to love them nearly as much as I did Water and Jesse. They were there for her in so many ways and it’s safe to say that without them, she wouldn’t have made it. Ginny is the other bright light in this book. I wasn’t sure of her character at first, but she wound up being an incredible source of love and support for Water. And, also, Water for her.
The audiobook version of this book was fantastic. I thought maybe this would be the type of book I couldn’t or wouldn’t enjoy a second time around just because it dealt with a lot of tough issues and a mystery that had already been solved. I was wrong. Instead of finding myself zoning out because I knew what would happen next, I actually found myself listening more closely because of the emotion the narration brought to the story. The narrators were both excellent. They did a great job of pulling even more emotions out of me the second time around. Their pacing was perfect and it was easy to imagine them as Water and Jesse.
The bottom line is, no matter what format you choose to read this in, you’re in for one hell of a ride. It’s emotional and sexy and full of suspense. It’s actually pretty easy to figure out who attacked her, but that’s not what makes the story amazing. It’s her journey back that makes this book special.
I received two copies of this book from the publisher – one via NetGalley and one audiobook version – in exchange for an honest review.