Series: Burying Water #1
Published by Atria Books on 7 October 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: Kindle Purchase
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
Burying Water is filled with angst, with no memory of who she is, Alex ends up living next door to a guy she feels very connected to but she has no idea why.
My Burying Water review:
Burying water is well written, and because it’s in dual points of views, the readers actually know much more about Alex than she knows herself. Also, it’s written in present tense, so the story really unfolds at the same time the reader is reading it. Jesse is doing his best to keep her distance from her, but he also wants to make sure she’s getting better, and he really wants to be there if and when she recovers her memory. The sense of community is very strong, even if Alex ends up living on the property of a very ornery old woman. The way she tries to stitch together her life after being left for dead is nothing less of amazing.
I did have a little problem really connecting with Alex, though. I don’t know if it’s because of the memory loss, since she doesn’t really know herself it was also quite difficult for me to really get to know her too. And while I did get many glimpses into her past thanks to Jesse’s chapters, she just wasn’t that woman anymore.
There are a lot of difficult themes in Burying Water. Alex was in a very abusive marriage, where Viktor had more or less bought her, and she had no other family than him. If she did the smallest thing that displeased him, he set her back in her place by using either rough sex or his fists, so there are definitely triggers in this story. Alex is still a strong character though, and the way she picks herself up after leaving the hospital shows that she has a lot of drive to be self-sufficient and responsible. She wants to be able to live her own life, have a job and not depend on other people. This could of course be because she was trapped with Viktor and depended on him for everything in her ‘old’ life.
Jesse is a great character, and he certainly took a lot of risks to try to make Alex safe. Burying Water is very emotional, and I had several moments where I just wanted Alex to feel safe and at peace. At the same time, I thought the pace was really slow, especially in Alex’ chapters. I guess it was necessary in many ways, since she didn’t know who she was, and even with her notebook where she wrote down associations of words, and in the end those associations really made sense to her, too.
If you are looking for a tough read, with lots of emotions, and quite a lot of cruelty, you should pick up Burying Water. Tucker has a gift for writing characters who go through horrific experiences only to come out stronger at the other end. And while there are a lot of difficult things going on, there is also hope, and there is love and respect, too, even if Alex never managed to get that from Viktor.
Some of my favorite Burying Water quotes:
Well, that escalated quickly. I glance around the table to see everyone busy with their own conversations. Are they truly oblivious to this? Or am I just too in tune?
If the way I look right now bothers Viktor, he doesn’t let on. With that stone-cold mask, he doesn’t give much away, period.
I rest my hands on the wobbly railing and take in the smell of clean, crisp air; the vista of land and trees and the three peaks beyond. It’s a view more beautiful than… well, I don’t know if I’ve seen anything like this before.
She doesn’t get it. I don’t want a new name. “I want my name.”