A clever twist in which a young woman with amnesia works to discover just how she got there. Readers know her present, and we have some idea of the cause of her amnesia, but Tucker uses alternating points of view, one past and one present as we see the story from both Water and Jesse’s points of view.
Jesse’s story is one of falling in love with a woman who is married to a volatile and influential man. He leads us through their story, and we see just how their relationship developed. Yet his part is not all past, we do get a chance for these two to reunite and develop all over again.
For Water’s story, she wakes after a brutal and devastating attack, and has determined that she will follow the trail to regain who she was, and discover just what was done. Tucker’s imagery and imagination are used to good effect, infusing the words and voice of Water with emotion and a sense of desperation: completely understandable and logical. Readers will empathize with Water easily, even come to feel her struggle and confusion.
Jesse’s story is so solidly emotional and wrenching, as we watch him pine for the woman he lost, and struggle with his own emotions around what has happened to her, and her long struggle to recover and heal from the trauma. Secondary characters that are true ‘supporting’ cast are well drawn and interact well within the story, they are gentle, compassionate and take little to no nonsense from Water, even as they are teaching her to function in this new reality.
Far darker than a traditional romance, there are no hearts and flowers here, and there really isn’t the feel of the usual NA romance. What starts with a horrific situation doesn’t get a quick fix, like life it needs time to offer options and let the characters come to their own conclusions with room to grow.
Now – I had my ups and downs with this story, and there were moments when the overwhelming emotions were rooted in tragedy and confusion. And that doesn’t make for a quick, easy read: It is a quick read, because I was alternating between “must finish now” and “must know what is happening” that kept the pages turning for me. The writing pulled me in, and it wasn’t difficult to finish, and what I got from this book was completely different from what I expected. If you are prepared for dark themes or are a fan of the author’s writing, you will be prepared for the goodies between the pages.
Title: Burying Water
Author: K.A. Tucker
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Dark-theme
Published by: Atria Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 11 Hours
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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.
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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.