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Burying Water: A Novel (The Burying Water Series) by [Tucker, K.A.]
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The highly anticipated start of a new romantic suspense series from the beloved, USA Today bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths.

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.

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  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (6 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
  • Language: English
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By Kristy - MPBB TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 December 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Every so often you read a book that stops you in your tracks. When you finish you are left speechless, you can't find words to describe or express how you feel. This is how we felt after finishing Burying Water. KA Tucker is an incredible writer, she captures your attention in the prologue and keeps you captivated from the first chapter. Burying Water is beautifully weaved between dual POV and past and future chapters. Every chapter giving you a small piece leaving your mind running wild with theories. This book is fast paced, heart wrenching and full of suspense.

“The mind can be a deceitful thing.
But it is no match for the heart.”

What would it be like waking up in a hospital bed learning you are lucky to be alive after sustaining some horrific injuries? You have no memory of how you got there, and worst of all no memory of who you are. You're known as Jane Doe.

“What if I don't remember anything?”
What if I simply...exist in the present.”

Not wanting to be called Jane Doe she decides on the name Water. Thanks to the kindness of those who cared for her she is able to have a fresh start. One of those people happen to be the boy next door, Jesse. Jesse knows who she is, their story will have you gripping your seat as you move through the past and present. Slowly we discover what led to Water’s attack, how Jesse and Alex/Water first met and how their relationships developed.

“The truth is like water: it doesn't matter how hard you try and bury it; it'll always find some way back to the surface. It's resilient.”

Burying Water will consume you, you will want to read it from cover to cover. Jesse and Alex/Water’s love story isn't one made of fluff or with roses, it's painful, heart breaking and their love is resilient.

“Here, right now.
Here, in my life.
Just as he always seems to be.
Here. For me.”

* Review by Kristy
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Natasha is a Book Junkie - Published on
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“The mind, it can be a deceitful thing. But it is no match for the heart.”

It is such a thrill to a zealous reader like me to not only realise that one of my favourite authors never fails to blow my mind with her stories, but that she also remains capable of surprising me, time after time, as I never quite know what kind of ‘journey’ she would take me on, always somehow managing to leave me utterly stunned in the aftermath of her extraordinary tales. This book was like no other that I have ever read, its unique structure and pace designed to make our hearts race, skip beats, melt and crush from one moment to another, never knowing what to expect next. Meticulously assembled to ‘feed’ us only little snippets of the story at a time while our minds are frantically tiling the puzzle pieces to form the picture we are so desperate to complete—this is an impeccably written story, infused with suspense and cloaked in mystery, showing us the hefty price of a second chance at happiness in life.

“You get to be whoever you want to be, without the burden of your past.”

A young woman is found beaten, raped, and left for dead in the middle of a forest, her young body desperately clinging onto its last thread of life. We don’t know much about the man who rescues her except that he is in love with her, and that no one can know that she was found. After a myriad of life saving procedures and a long hospital recovery, the young woman wakes up with no recollection of her past or any of the events that caused her injuries. Confused, scared, ashamed of her scars, her battered body is a constant reminder of everything that has happened to her, and of everything she has no memory of, her mind having locked itself in a desperate act of self-preservation.

“Why can’t I seem to recall a single scrap of my life? Not a face, not a name, not a childhood pet. Nothing.”

And then we suddenly flip into the past, where we meet a young trophy wife to a cruel man several decades her senior, whose life is nothing like she hoped it would be. Physically and mentally abused on a daily basis, Alexandria Petrova is alone in the world but for the man who had promised to hand it to her on a silver platter, trapped in a loveless marriage and in a life that requires her to abide by her husband’s every whim. When a young man’s unexpected act of kindness stirs something inside her, Alexandria begins to question her decisions in life, and wishing for more. The more time they spend together, and the more his every action shows her the way she always dreamed of being loved, the more she blossoms before his eyes, becoming the vivacious but gentle young woman she was born to be. But some mistakes in life are not easy to erase, Alexandria’s newfound happiness making her oblivious to the dangers lurking within her own marital bed.

“I’d never leave you alone in the dark.”

Jesse has loved Alexandria from the moment her lips touched his on a stormy night on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. He felt her unhappiness in her every breath, but her passionate kiss marked his soul, making him unable to forget her even though he never even saw her face. When he recognises her in the young wife of the ostentatious brute who hires him to restore his car, he is unable to look away. Or walk away until she is his.

“In your life. Are you happy? Or do you ever wish you could just start over?”

We are given two timelines to follow simultaneously, constantly flipping from past to present, but in both we see two people falling in love, slowly, cautiously, irreversibly. In the past, a young woman is afraid of her own future, incapable of walking away from the only happiness she has ever experienced in her adult life regardless of what it might cost her to pursue it, while in the present, that same young woman is terrified of her past, her scars an incessant reminder of what her mind won’t let her recall.

“Someone must be missing me. Even just one person, right?”

What I loved the most about this story is the fallible nature of all the characters in it, especially the two leading ones. Jesse and Alexandria are imperfect people, people who make mistakes, act impulsively, fail to consider the consequences of their own actions until it becomes too late, but they are only following the paths their hearts have drawn before them, which is even more evident when they are given a second chance at happiness. Their love story is not about an all-consuming passion burning between them and making them blind to the world around them—it is a story of two souls being drawn to one another, finding more joy in the few fleeting moments spent in each other’s company than in anything else in their lives. It felt to me as if we were intentionally left craving that emotional intensity that was implied in their every word, in their every glance directed towards one another, putting all emphasis on the irresistible pull between them and the unique connection that brought them to each other time after time. This is not a love story born out of carnal pleasure. This is a story about love, first and foremost, a selfless love, a genuine love, a once-in-a-lifetime kind of love.

“If she doesn’t remember me, if she didn’t feel trapped and utterly alone, would a girl like her fall for me a second time?”

I never wanted this book to end. It was such an enjoyable reading experience beginning to end, with an incredible cast of secondary characters that made the story even more colourful and hard to let go of. Every single aspect of this story is unique, unexpected, riveting, and every moment spent reading it has been outright unforgettable. A must-read.

“If you wait long enough, the truth always finds its way.”
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ★ 5 Deliciously Wicked Stars ★ ~ CAPTIVATING. THRILLING. POWERFULLY COMPELLING. ~ 8 October 2014
By Cassia Brightmore - Published on
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I’ve been staring at a blank screen for an undetermined amount of time, not sure where to start with my review on Burying Water. And the reason for this is - there are no words left. K.A. Tucker has created such a brilliant piece of work, that I’m almost afraid to talk about it for fear of not being worthy to discuss such a simply amazing book. This wasn’t just another romantic read for me, this book has become a part of me, an extension of myself - it has latched onto my soul. Its taken pieces of my heart that I’ll never get back, and given me a feeling of warmth that I never want to let go. The laughter, the love, the suspense, and the ugly crying - all of it, I completely loved every second. Yes, the ugly crying is included in that. And I’m not talking about a few little tears either, I mean the painful, gasping ugly cry that hurts - but hurts in such a good way. It will happen, it does happpen - and through the tears the love behind the message will find you and help wipe away the sadness. KA Tucker’s writing is just that powerful and compelling.

I am lost and somehow found. I am afraid and yet somehow comforted. I am drifting and yet somehow….home.

Jesse Welles wasn’t looking for love. He wasn’t looking for any complications . 6 months ago, he landed the job of his dreams as a mechanic at a popular garage in Portland and he’s more than content spending his days doing what he loves - working on cars. He definitely wasn’t looking to meet a mysterious girl on the side of the road on a dark and stormy night. A girl who’s haunting eyes, cryptic words and seductive, soft lips have left him longing for more. When the same girl shows up weeks later, the wife of a very controlling, high powered man - the message is obvious. Steer clear of her, no matter the temptation, the thrill, the intoxicating pull she has over him. Tangling with a married woman, especially the wife of Viktor Petrova, is not a wise choice for anyone. Alexandria Petrov proves to be the forbidden fruit that he just can’t avoid however, when Viktor makes him a proposition he cannot refuse. The more they are thrown together, the harder it becomes to deny their attraction. When the reality of Alex’s situation comes to light, thoughts of freeing her consume Jesse until it is all he can think about….he can be the one to save her.

When her eyes lift, there’s a hopelessness in them that she’s firmly veiled until now. She stares at me, through me, beyond me to somewhere I can’t reach. But I hold her gaze, trying to follow.

Alexandria Petrov has lost who she is. Opening her eyes in a hospital room, she has no recollection of how she ended up there or what her name is. A blank slate, an unknown existence - the only signs that she even came from somewhere are the horrible traumas on her body. The terror of not knowing who you are, of losing your entire life - its absolutely gut wrenching. Experiencing it right along with her, seeing it through her eyes, the pain is evident, the fear of what she went through unimaginable. The way she is able to leave the hospital and begin to rebuild a semblance of a life for herself with the help of the doctor that cared for her and a persnickety, rude old woman - it just spoke of her bravery and strength of character as a woman. KA Tucker has created a forceful, passionate woman in “Water,” one that I cheered for all throughout this book.
“He said the truth is like that water: it doesn’t matter how hard you try to bury it; it’ll always find some way back to the surface. It’s resilient.”

I fell in love with Ginny, her crotchety ways and belligerent temper were so endearing to me. The relationship she built with Water as they slowly bonded, it warmed my heart. Two souls needing each other to find peace and heal, they are the epitome of kindred souls. Family that were meant to be, blood related or not. As Water cautiously opens up to the family next door trying to help her and the intriguing man that seems to show up at all the right moments - she realizes she isn’t as lost as she thought. A second chance is staring right at her, all she has to do is find the strength to take it.

He was given an angel and he tried to break her wings. But shes’s strong. Resilient.

This is a book that will leave you staring at the page after you’ve finished it. The shocks, the twists, the suspense will leave you rattled. Authors like KA Tucker don’t come along often, she truly has created a phenomenal tale that you will not forget.

Burying Water - dig deep enough and uncover the secrets it beholds in its pages.

xo Cassia
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars K.A. Tucker's absolute best, and one of my favorites of 2014 7 October 2014
By Jessica Sotelo (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads) - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow. Wow. Wow. Burying Water may just be the best book I've read in 2014.

I've been a fan of K.A. Tucker for quite some time, her Ten Tiny Breaths series being some of my favorite books of all time. It turns out Ms Tucker was holding out on me.... on all of us! She has a few more tricks up her sleeve, and with her delivery of Burying Water comes my increased excitement as to what else she could possibly have in store.

Burying Water is so different from anything this author has published before. Yes, Tucker consistently weaves serious drama alongside her compelling romances. Her characters are flawed and damaged personalities, struggling under the weight of tragic histories, battling internal demons or some external conflict. Burying Water maintains those themes, but in such a fresh, new way. Alternating between Water's present first person point of view and Jesse's past first person point of view, we know where this story began and we know how it ended... what we don't know is everything that's transpired in between... or where it could possibly go from here. Burying Water is everything I've come to love from K.A. Tucker... heartbreak, loss, love, hope and an epic emotional journey. But It's so much more. It's... dare I say it... BETTER. I hesitate to use the word "better" because I'd hate to diminish the gravity of my love of every previous Tucker story. But in fairness, I shouldn't even compare. Burying Water is it's own story, a new original story nothing like anything I've read before. It's more. It's everything. It's better. The best.

"He said the truth is like that water: it doesn't matter how hard you try to bury it; it'll always find some way back to the surface. It's resilient."

This story is magnetic. These characters and their circumstances draw in the reader with their addictive story. I was consumed... Consumed by the forbidden attraction between Alex and Jesse, by the depths of the the unknown of Water's forgotten life, by the frightening situation they're all trapped in, by the unpredictability of this story, by the absorbing writing of this author, by the layers and diversity of these characters, by everything. I was completely consumed by ever facet of this story. I was dying to know how this could all play out, yet dreading the story ending at all. The timing in this book is stellar. Weaving between the past and the present, tiny clues are unearthed ever so slowly as to what happened in the lives of these characters over the last several months. Their story is so compelling, it was so hard to pull myself away.

This, in so many ways, is a story of second chances. Despite a horrific tragedy she has no memory of, Water is given a second chance at a life she was resigned to never having... a family, a life, a love... none of which was a possibility in the life she left behind. The web of secrecy and mystery and lost memories weaves together by K.A. Tucker in this story is nothing less than perfection. The involvement of secondary characters, all that they bring to the table, to Water's new life despite what they may or may not know of her past, the family and friends she never had before... it all comes together to make for such an unforgettable story.

"Am I happy?
I am lost and yet somehow found.
I am afraid and yet somehow comforted.
I am drifting and yet somehow... home."

This story is sad. Sad in the level of horror that Water had to endure in order to come out of it on the other side. Sad in how much loss Water had to suffer in order to gain so much. Sad in how many painful truths Water had to face in order to heal. Sad in the tragic story Water had to hear in order to learn from and choose another path. Sad that not everyone gets a second chance.

Burying Water is K.A. Tucker's masterpiece. I read this story in complete awe... in awe of the placement of every single word, of the timing and flow of every miniscule detail, of every facet of every character, of how unpredictable, unputdownable, unforgettable this story truly is.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 Stars 5 November 2014
By Book Flame - Published on
I adored K.A. Tuckers Ten Tiny Breaths series every book was pretty amazing but with this one I just couldn't love it like I wanted to. I didn't care for the past and present point of views, I felt that by revealing the past through Jesse's eyes it took away all the mystery that could have been there in the present day.

The main character is Alex who after being left for dead wakes up with no memory. She renames herself Water because of a tattoo she has which somehow she knows is a symbol for water. There is the boy next door, Jesse whom she feels a connection with and even though she may not know what and why the reason behind that is we the readers get to learn about all of it very early on due to Jesse's point of view which honestly sucked. I would have preferred to be left in suspense until the very end and learn everything along with Alex instead with the past point of view there was no surprise element which prevented me from loving Burying Water.

Another issue I had was the romance. I didn't feel any chemistry between Jesse or Alex. I'm still trying to figure out how they went from being attracted to each other to being in love. Also the ending I feel it was wrapped up to quickly and one major thing happened to one of the characters that was just too convenient.

I did like reading in Water's present point of view seeing how she was coping with everything. I loved Ginny the old lady who has some serious issues of her own but was kind enough to take Water in.

Overall Tuckers writing as always was flawless but Burying Water failed to captivate me.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burying Water and the characters in this new series will thrill fans of Tucker. 8 October 2014
By kimbacaffeinate - Published on
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Tucker is fantastic at plotting out her stories and fleshing out characters. Even secondary characters have a unique voice and enhance the story. The tale is broken into “then” and “now” chapters that allowed us to experience our Jane Doe and important characters before her accident and after. Each chapter is powerful and reveals clues. I never felt pulled between the two timelines, and each ended in such a way that kept me as the reader flipping the pages.

Our characters are flawed, sweet, and vulnerable. Jane Doe has lost her memory, and her only clues consist of the clothes she was wearing the night of the accident. Through her, we learn of her past, present, and experience her regaining her memories even as she creates new ones. I enjoyed getting to know Jane and her inner thoughts as she struggles to decide who she is. Jessie Welles is her new next-door neighbor, a sexy mechanic who is always willing to lend a helping hand. Jessie has made a few mistakes, and he is genuinely a good guy, who loves hard. Ginny is the ornery old woman who weaves quilts and befriends Jane. I adored this woman, and her backstory was fascinating. She made me laugh aloud and had me hugging myself tight as I thought about her past.

The romance threaded between the two timelines is a beautiful one, and yet tainted. I worried Tucker would not be able to make me see past some concerns and issues that I first experienced, but I was safe in her care. Both relationships felt genuine, and I loved how they entwined. This is mild on sexual content and high on sweet moments.

Jane’s memory loss created a little mystery, suspense and tension as the reader slowly pieces things together and begins to worry how it will unfold. Will we get our HEA? Since this is a series, I am hoping that Tucker delivers some of the secondary characters in future novels. Burying Water hooked me from page one and the hours slipped away from me. When I wasn’t reading Burying Water, I was thinking about it. I love when a book holds me captive like that. The title ties into Jane’s tale; it is so appropriate and made me smile.Copy received from publisher, full review at caffeinated book reviewer.