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? Andwhy 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.


Having been a fan of KA Tucker for a while now, I was thrilled when she announced that she’d be starting a new series. I’d fallen in love with her characters in the Ten Tiny Breaths series, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Burying Water.

It did not disappoint. Told in alternating viewpoints of Jane Doe/Water (Now) and Jesse (Then), we’re sucked into a beautifully flowing story of love, tragedy and resilience, that leaves the reader hungry for more.

Water is an exceptional character with amnesia, after a brutal assault. I’ve encountered a few books (and shows too) where amnesia has been presented, and the execution of it, is horrific. Tucker not only manages to capture what having amnesia feels like for Water, but also how she is able to continue moving forward with her life, despite everything.

Through her recovery, Water meets an eclectic group of characters in the small town of Sisters, and demonstrates that not only do they have an impact on her life, and recovery, but also how she impacts them. Ginny Fitzgerald is described as a crotchety old woman, who dislikes most people. Her relationship with Water, as the book progresses, is a perfect mix of heartwarming and heart-aching.

These characters feel like family, and you want nothing more than to reach out and hug them; share their pain and be apart of their triumphs and successes. I truly cannot wait for Becoming Rain to come out in March 2015.

Review Note: This book is classified as “new adult” – meaning it does have some content that may not be appropriate for all ages. This book is recommended for readers 17+

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