Review: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

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Title: Burying Water 
Author: K.A. Tucker 
Series: Burying Water #1 
Genre: Contemporary, NA  
Publication date: October 7, 2014 
Rating: ★★★★ 

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.

The truth is like that water. It doesn't matter how hard you try to bury it, it will always find some way back to the surface. It's resilient.

This is the first time I read something by K.A. Tucker and I’m happy to say the book lived up to my expectations. I haven’t known about her work long, but now that I have, I seem to come across her books everywhere. I started this particular series because I liked the titles a lot. Burying Water, Becoming Rain, Chasing River, Surviving Ice.

Burying Water tells the story of a girl who’s lost her memory after a traumatic experience that left her with severe injuries. Her condition is mostly psychological. Her subconscious chose to forget. Everything is still in her head, she just can’t gain access anymore. She doesn’t even remember her own name. She becomes a Jane Doe in a hospital, surrounded by faces she doesn’t recognize.

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?

When she is finally released from the hospital, she goes to live with the neighbor (Ginny) of the doctor who’s taken care of her so far. They provide her with a new identity and she chooses to go by Water. The family is really good to her. They’re all she has in the world and they soon become her friends/surrogate family. Their son Jesse is different, though. He keeps her distance from her and maybe even avoids contact with her. And yet she is inexplicably drawn to him…

This is a love story, but maybe not the usual kind. Water has a past she’s trying to remember while in the meantime Jesse is trying to forget about his. The dual POV works really well and creates a lot of suspense. We follow Jesse in the past and Water in the present. Jesse seems to know more than he lets on and as a reader, you’re anxiously waiting for the two stories to finally collide.

I liked both Water and Jesse. Their stories were complex and their personalities carefully developed. Water was resilient, Jesse really patient and pure-hearted. Either way, none of them had a particularly easy life, but they were good, kind and compassionate despite their many struggles. I was really invested in this story. Some parts of it weren’t hard to guess, but that didn’t matter. I like to be proven right.

I want to be like water too. I want to be resilient, to go where I'm meant to go.

So read this book if you like both suspense and romance. I wouldn’t call this book a ‘thriller’, but there are definitely some aspects of it. The romance isn’t fluffy at all and the maturity level of the book pleased me. I’m really excited to try the next books in the series.

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