I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Burying Water by K.A. Tucker
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on 10/17/2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Romance
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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.\r\n\r\nLeft 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?\r\n\r\nTwenty-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.\r\n\r\nThe trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.
Things I Liked About Burying Water
Um, just about everything? Burying Water is told in two halves: Then and Now. Jesse has the Thens and tells his story with Alex and how they came to be, while Water has the Nows, and how she struggles to rebuild. Normally, I don’t like dual perspective or alternating timelines, but K.A. Tucker handles it so well in Burying Water that it just flows. The magnetism between Jesse and Water is strong. It’s clear to the reader they belong together, and that Water is actually Alex. I loved listening to Water get to a place where she remembers, and little clues are dropped in the Thens and then talked about in the Nows. It’s clear they love each other, no matter what their names might be. Jesse’s family is amazing and lovable, but with a stern “tough love” dynamic. His father is the town sheriff, and Jesse struggles with this and pre-conceived assumptions about his own personality. Ginny. OMG, that hard woman was everything to me. The listener learns that she has her own struggles and piece by piece, we find out what that was. She’s also tough and unforgiving, and that, I think, helps Water regain pieces of herself and grow stronger emotionally. I liked that I hated Victor. He was such an asshole, and there was literally nothing likable about him. Not one thing. And I loved hating him, because it gave me an out for the rage I felt when listening to Jesse’s part of the story. Overall, I just loved that Burying Water illustrates domestic abuse patterns and why women might stay with their abusers. It particularly resonated with me, and I identified only too well as Water tries to start over with a new life.
Things I Disliked
I think the Victor storyline tied up way too tidily for me. We struggle along with Jesse and Water for 99% of the story, and then Victor’s outcome is explained away in maybe 5 paragraphs. It was a little too unbelievable to me. I was also upset with the way things ended with Ginny. Too convenient. Almost like Tucker took the fast and lazy way out. It was a sweet ending, but just too easy and the timeline of the final events too clean.
I didn’t love nor hate the narrators. I’ve listened to Elizabeth Louise narrate Clipped Wings and she’s fine. Her voice is so high that she doesn’t do male voices all that well, and it’s a little hard to distinguish between her female voices. Josh Goodman’s voice is pretty sexy, but he didn’t differentiate his characters too well, either. They both carried the pace of the novel really well. If I had to grade them, I’d give them a C+.
All contemporary new adult fans will love this!