I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Burying Water by K. A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #2
Narrator: Elizabeth Louise, Josh Goodman
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on October 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
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 young woman is discovered in the woods, barely alive after having been brutally beaten. She survives but awakens with no memory of who she is or what happened to her. Rather than be referred to as Jane Doe, she chooses to call herself Water after discovering a tattoo symbol for it. Jesse Welles, son of the sheriff, knows more than he’s acknowledging and it’s through him that we that we learn each of their stories.
What I found interesting
The story is told from two points of view with time flashbacks. It may sound like a recipe for disaster but it worked very well. As I dealt with aspects of the present as told from Water’s point of view, the flashbacks in Jesse’s provided a certain context for unraveling this mystery. It kept me thinking and always in the story. There were moments that are tough to deal with but they were appropriate for the circumstances. As Water’s body begins to heal, her spirit goes through a catharsis as well.
I’m a big fan of multiple narrators and it was even more useful given how the story was framed. Josh Goodman gave a wonderful performance, putting energy into the character in all the right ways. While Elizabeth Louise projected the fragility of Water, her inability to provide distinction between the character’s inner musings and active dialogue was pretty confusing.
The bottom line
I enjoyed this story immensely even though the romance was a bit elusive given Water’s amnesia and Jesse’s subterfuge. The secondary relationships strengthened the story and weren’t just props for the main characters. The resolutions were quite messy and thought provoking. I wasn’t aware this was a series when I started the book but I’m looking forward to continuing as the other characters have enough weight to keep me intrigued.