[548]: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker


Burying Water / K.A. Tucker

I wanted to re-read this book because I couldn’t remember much about it. I read it back in November, and to be truthfully honest, I wasn’t really into it that time.  A couple of chapters in, and I’m quickly reminded of how much I adore this author’s work.  It’s like slipping on a pair of a favourite well-worn jeans: comfortable and familiar. The story overall isn’t pretty, so just ignore the comfortable bit. As far as familiar goes, I always get something different from Tucker, so maybe slipping on a pair of comfortable jeans is not a good simile. Either way, it’s a comfort to read her books again.

What it’s about

Burying Water is a story about a woman who woke up not knowing a thing about herself. She suffered a list of injuries and then was left for dead in the woods. For the duration of her stay in the hospital (which took months), she was only known as “Jane Doe”. Thankfully, there were some people who were willing to give her a chance at a fresh start. Living with a cantankerous recluse wasn’t easy at first, but since they have something in common, Jane, later known as Water, easily acclimated with Ginny Fitzgerald’s oddities. Ginny hates being around people; she’s especially mistrustful of men in general, and Jesse, in particular.

Jesse keeps a past connected with Water. He knew what happened to her that night in the woods. It was a relief to him when she woke up with a blank slate, because then she would not know the horrors she’d gone through the night of her assault. He made a promise to himself to watch over her from a distance, but as days go by, all the reasons why faded with Water’s bruises.


Sometimes, the alternating past and present method of narrative doesn’t make for a smooth read. It’s hard to keep the storylines flow in a seamless fashion. That wasn’t the case here.  I also enjoyed reading the story from two perspectives (Water and Jesse). I like seeing all the joy and the torment they both went through.

There wasn’t a shortage of difficult scenes in this book as Water came from an abusive relationship. It is also a series about the mob, so readers already know what they’re in for. The details of her injuries was hard to take especially knowing that [spoiler] she was pregnant at the time [/spolier]. I think the only thing I can complain about this book is the ease with which Water accepted the Jesse’s deception. There was very little struggle and soul-searching on Water’s part. It’s almost as if Ms. Tucker ran out of pages to write on.

But over all, I really did enjoy this book. Romance, suspense, mystery. This book has got it all.

GOODREADS SUMMARY | Atria Paperback, 368 pp. | October 1st, 2014 | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars | Adult Fiction | Romance

  • I kind of bought this on a whim when it was on sale on Amazon, and now I’m glad because the plot sounds fabulous. Awesome review Joy, and I’m glad you enjoyed reading it again!

  • I am so looking forward to the day when I am going to be reading a Tucker book. Because I never have an a lot of people seem to love her books – and probably rightly so. It seems like there are some tough moments and themes but that the author handles them well and it makes for a good story. Great review 🙂

  • Glad you liked this one! I enjoyed it as well. I listened to it while hiking the AT and it really made the miles melt away. I agree with your comment that the shifts from past to present were very seamless. Unlike a lot of books where that time shifts occur, I really enjoyed both of them, although I do give preference for the time past sections. What can I say, they were steamy.

  • I’ve actually been wanting to read this series (and try this author) for some time now. I WILL GET TO IT SOMEDAY but today is not that day. About remembering stuff that I’ve read previously? I have a terrible memory. TERRIBLE. I can remember nothing ;P

    Rhea @ Rhea’s Neon Journal

  • Burying Water sounds so good Joy! I think I’d like to read it, but I need more time! I AM GOING TO read Chasing Water soon… just have to get through Fool’s Quest!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • Yay for re-reading this book 🙂 Your review is gorgeous Joy. <3 So glad you enjoyed reading it again 🙂 Yeah.. I don't remember much from books I read just a few months ago, hah :p Have to re-read so many books to get to read the sequels, sigh. A bit annoying. Hmph. But anyway. You have made me curious about this one 🙂

  • I thought it was a great read as well, but then I love all her books. I am glad you enjoyed it more the second time. Great review!

  • Despite the few issues, it does sound like a pretty good read. I’m a little iffy about the concept behind it though, since I’ve read and seen so many memory loss plots. I have enjoyed other things by Tucker before though, so we shall see! Nice review!

  • I’m always weary of amnesia books because it’s so hard to pull off – most authors just don’t do enough research and it can read really awkward. Sounds to me that KA Tucker did a wonderful job though, and tackled the hard themes well. I haven’t read anything by her yet, but I’ve heard some amazing things about her books! Wonderful review Joy xx

  • Like Aimee said, I can’t believe I haven’t tried reading anything by this author yet. Really loved your review!

  • This is still my favorite of the series. I agree, flashbacks can disrupt the flow of a plot, but as you said, it works here. Wonderful review, Joy! 🙂

  • So glad you had a good time with this Joy and that all the questions were answered in the end. I like it when a character has a lot of problems and has to struggle with them because in that it builds up on some good character growth and I feel like I’m the one going through the drama. 🙂 awesome review Joy! 🙂

  • I can’t believe I haven’t tried anything by this author yet! I love easy to read dual POV books. I’ve been meaning to get more into romantic suspense books, too!

  • Patrick C.

    Glad you enjoyed this one Joy. It was great that the past and present POV change didn’t really affect the novel.

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I’ve been hearing good things about this series Joy! I’m a huge fan of romantic suspense, so I think it’s one I would enjoy. I’m in a light and fluffly place at the moment so I’m going to put it on hold for now since it sounds a bit brutal in places, but I’m excited to give it a try!

  • I’m really glad you decided to give this book a second shot, Joy. I agree that it’s very easy to slip into the author’s writing. This was definitely a painful book at times, probably the most painful book in the series. I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on Becoming Rain.
    Lovely review, Joy! 🙂

  • RO

    This sounds like a book with some teeth in it, so I would definitely pick it up! Happy Friday! Hugs…Ro

  • kindlemom1

    So glad you liked this overall! I really did think it was interesting read and I did like the mystery of it and the slow building romance.
    Wonderful review! I hope you have a great weekend! 😀

  • The mutual struggle between both characters was really hard to read and heavy wasn’t it? I liked it, but it really packed a punch. Lovely review!

  • I actually bought this one a while back, which is usual for me seeing I didn’t like her Ten Tiny Breaths series, but this one sounded too good to refuse. It sounds like a deep and emotional read, but undone by her being far too accepting of what’s going on between her and Jesse. It can cheapen the overall storyline. Nice to see that it didn’t impact too greatly and you still loved it Joy. Fabulous review! <3 <3

  • I had to read that spoiler, hmmmm

  • Hooray! Glad you re-read and enjoyed it. Now hurry read the others. 😉

  • Melliane

    Even if a point bothered you, it sounds like a good book. I heard great things about this one in a whole