Friday, 3 October 2014

Review: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

Burying Water (Burying Water #1)
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria
Release Date: 7 October 2014

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.

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I read the blurb for Burying Water and was immediately eager to read it. I'm a fan of stories with amnesia anyway, I love that unknown element it gives the story. I was not let down by this, and I happily stayed up reading into the wee hours of the morning to uncover everything.

I'll have to be careful what I say in this review since there are a lot of aspects of the story that unfold as you read. The POV switches between the present and the past, with a focus on Water in the present and Jesse in the past. I loved the way the past gives you small insights and builds towards the present until it all culminates at the end.

Water is found badly beaten and barely clinging onto life on a freezing night, left in the snow to die by her attacker. When she regains consciousness it becomes apparent that the attack has also stolen all of her memories, even that of her own name. With the help of the surgeon and sheriff who saved her life and the crotchety old woman who takes her in, Ginny Fitzgerald, she starts to build a new life for herself in the quiet town of Bend. Water is such a fantastic character. She is a compelling mix of fragility and strength, with a quiet resilience that surprises even herself.

Jesse is reserved and holds most people in his life at a distance. Something he struggles to do with Water, even though he knows that he's the last thing she needs in her life. He's made mistakes in his life but has worked hard to get his life in order. I loved Jesse. He's a bit rough around the edges, but has such a good heart.
Jesse and Water's connection runs deep and is apparent from the beginning. Water may not know Jesse, but she feels like she does and inherently knows she can trust him.

I really enjoyed this book, although I was a bit disappointed by the ending. It wrapped up quite quickly and easily, and after all the build up it was just a bit of an anti-climax. Don't get me wrong, I liked the way the plot concludes, I just thought it was done a bit abruptly which was a shame.
Apart from that though, it was definitely a gripping book that I happily dove into. There's an element of suspense that kept me on edge and helps maintain the pace of the story. Overall, I'd definitely recommend it and I'm looking forward to what comes next!

*I received a review copy for my honest opinion. Thank you!

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