Series: Burying Water #1
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.
In this quietly suspenseful novel, K.A. Tucker expertly weaves a tale of secrets, and truths. Burying Water is delicately layered with intrigue and mystery, and it holds completely and totally, from beginning to end. In what has to be my favorite K. A. Tucker novel since One Tiny Lie, she creates a story of second chances and love – true love.
I’m struggling with writing this review; I’ve started, deleted, and restarted it a few times, because I just wasn’t able to get down on paper what I felt while reading this story, and how I felt after. So I told myself to just write, and hopefully I can produce something worthy and coherent. I just loved the writing and the characters so much, and I want to do them justice.
There’s something about Kathleen Tucker. Something about her writing, and I don’t know how to accurately describe it. There’s just something about the way it makes me feel. Her writing is elegant without pretense; simple yet complex. In this novel, she uses all facets of her talent to create a story that is remarkable and original.
K. A. Tucker’s writing is, simply put, beautiful. She has a way of making you fall for her characters instantly. She also has a way of reeling you into her stories immediately. She did both with Burying Water. From the prologue, I was IN this story, wholly and completely, and whenever I was reading this book, nothing else existed. Her prose is silky smooth, flowing effortlessly without empty embellishments; every word counts, and shouldn’t be missed. I just love how this story is structured and paced, it’s like a dance: quick, quick, slow, quick, quick, slow. There are moments that are exhilarating, moments that steal your breath, and there are moments of quiet romance that’ll make you smile and sigh contently. There are scenes that are dark and ominous, ones that will break your heart, but then there are those that light you up inside. I think Tucker created such a perfect balance of all those elements, and what resulted is an outstanding read.
All of that, and I haven’t even described the story yet. Since this is a suspenseful novel, I won’t get into too much detail about the plot, but I will say that it unfolds brilliantly. Written with dual POVs, and alternating between the past and present, this layered mystery reveals itself with perfect timing and intrigue. Also, woven into the mystery is a love story that will make you swoon. The characters are realistic, multi-dimensional, and completely lovable (well, the good guys are – the bad guys are completely loathe-able). The romance seduces you, slowly burning the pages. I loved the connection between the two leads, it’s what made this story just the ultimate for me. I could feel how drawn they were to each other, I felt their want and need, I felt their love.
Ultimately, I just adored this story about love and resilience. I’m not sure if this review accurately expressed EXACTLY how Burying Water made me feel. It made me feel…I don’t know…I guess it just made me happy, as corny as that sounds. I know I’ll be reading this one over and over again.