Published October 2014
Series: Burying Water #1
Genres: Dark Romance, Dramatic Romance, Romantic Suspense
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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.
When she wakes up in a hospital bed, the girl that was beaten, raped and left for dead has no idea who she is, what she’s doing here, and what happened to her – although the scars on her body and a mysterious tattoo in a hidden place beg for answers. With no relatives to call and no idea who to turn to, she has no idea what will happen with her when she’s finally being released from the hospital. But thankfully, her doctor (who’s also married to sheriff Welles, who is overlooking her case) knows just the place for her to stay: a grumpy old lady by the name of Ginny Fitzgerald, who lives next to the sheriff’s property, agreed to take her on.
Months go by, and there is no hope for her to re-gain her memory, so she slowly but surely rebuilds her life around Ginny and the Welleses. And while she can’t stand people calling her Jane Doe, she chooses to go by the name Water. Everyday, she feels more comfortable with herself, and feels a growing sense of belonging. However, this sense of belonging is never as intense as when she is around the Welleses’ son Jesse…
Jesse Welles is actually well aware of who Water is, and who she was before she lost her memory. But given the circumstances, he’d rather she never finds out what she left behind, even if it means that he has to stay away from her. Except he can’t, and the truth slowly but surely makes its way to the surface…
What I loved about this book:
- Incredible storyline: refreshingly out of the ordinary
- Incredible characters
- The story is overflowing with depth and feelings
What I felt needed improvement:
- Nothing at all – it was perfect
I read the four first books of the Ten Tiny Breaths series, and loved every bit of it. K.A. Tucker certainly has a talent for creating unusual storylines with more unsual – and sometimes dark – characters with a twist. Burying Water was, however, a completely different genre: darker, and definitely more unexpected. Burying Water is not your regular romance novel – it’s more of a drama/suspense novel and it makes it extremely special. The whole story was complex and the plot itself was full of twists. And again, I loved every word of this book.
“If you wait long enough, the truth always find its way, just like water.”
The first lines of the book are not necessarily very comfortable and feel very much like a thriller/crime novel, but after a few pages, I was definitely hooked. The wiriting was absolutely fabulous, and kept the reader on his/her toes at all times. We get to experience everything first hand through a first-person POV, which alternates between Water and Jesse, except that the reader gets to be in Water’s mind post-accident and gets to experience her dealing with memory loss, and what we hear of Jesse is in the past only.
This means that there is a constant back and forth between past and present, and this back and forht will slowly put the pieces of the puzzle together. Who was Water before she woke up in the hospital bed? What’s her connection to Jesse? Who did this to her? What does her tattoo mean? You’ll find answers to all these questions but they will come in their own time. needless to say that this book was an actual rollercoaster ride, and I enjoyed every second of it.
“Maybe the truth is that we were meant to find each other. A simple truth that would have kept finding its way to us, no matter which path I tried to turn down.”
On top of being extremely suspenseful, Burying Water also really tugs on your heartstrings. Throughout the book, I ached for Water’s predicament (for what happened to her and the fact that she lost her memory, leaving her with absolutely no-one to turn to), for Jesse, since he’s fighting hard against his own commitment to stay away from Water for her own good, but also for the pther characters in the story, such as the grumpy but kind-hearted neighbor Ginny Fitzgerald. Burying Water definitely made me cry several times, and it’s always a powerful thing when a book can elicit such emotions within the reader.
Burying Water is deep on so many levels, and it is difficult not to feel connected with the characters in some way. I felt really bad for Water – what happened to her was very physical and left hige marks on her body. She was definitely a shattered marked heroine, and so very different since she was completely disfigured. But exactly that made her a great heroine. Although she’s broken, she is kind, smart, and good-hearted. She is a perfect match for Jesse, who is just as loveable and also just as broken because he can’t help feeling guilty about putting Water in this predicament in the first place.
“I am lost and somehow found. I am afraid and yet somehow comforted. I am drifting and yet somehow….home.”
Finally, I’d like to say that some scenes in this book were quite harsh and intense, and it therefore definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted. Still, I found it a great read – a brilliant masterpiece even – which holds just as much power as books by Colleen Hoover or Amy Harmon.
I will definitely make sure to check out Becoming Rain, which is the next book in the series, although I am not quite sure it could top Burying Water.
|All the feels|