Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Review: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

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.

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Atria Books 
Genre: New Adult

Kristine's Thoughts:

I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Atria Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I don't know what to say other than Wow!! This book captured me and swept me away to the point that my reality was lost until I finished the last page. I've always considered this genre my guilty pleasure reading but this book exceeded my expectations. The story pulled me in from the very first page and kept me emotionally glued throughout the entire journey.

Tucker weaves between Jesse (then) and Jane Doe/Water (now) to tell an absolutely beautiful story of love, lies, deceit and the consequences of the choices that people make. I adored the way the story went back and forth between time and points of view because it made it more emotionally charged and as the reader I became more invested. It left me anxious and excited for the two stories to connect so that I could find out how it all played out. Job well done!

There is such a wonderful cast of characters in this story that I don't even know where to begin...

Let me start off with Jesse. I loved, loved, loved him! From his sexy good looks to his caring and empathic personality, he had me wishing he was real, that I was younger and that he had eyes for me. He was definitely drool worthy and book boyfriend material. He was equally loveable in both the "now" and "then" parts of the story.

Water was a wonderful character to get to know. Having no memory but understanding that something most horrific happened to her was a roller coaster of emotions that I was happy to ride. I particularly liked her relationship with Ginny and her unexplainable draw to Jesse. The way that her character grew from the time she woke up in the hospital to the end of the book was beautiful.

Ginny was an extremely important part of the story in my opinion. Although she was grumpy, set in her ways and hard to take, her relationship with Water was of great value in the growth of both characters and the plot.

I can't forget about Jesse's family. Each one of them brought an important depth to the book that I feel would not have been the same without them.

I won't re-tell the story...you have to read it to find out what happens. All I can say is that you have to read it and you won't be disappointed. The synopsis gives enough of a glimpse into what the story is about but it is so much more. Tucker pens an outstanding story with wonderful characters in a spectacular setting. The connection I felt to this story was truly unexplainable. I loved it and will be reading all of her work from here on out. This story is going to stay with me for a very long time.

About the Author
Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.

She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit.

Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.  

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