Source: Borrowed from Library
Publisher: Atria Books
Series: Burying Water #1
Edition: Audiobook, 11 Hours
Narrator: Elizabeth Louise
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Suspense
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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.
Burying Water is another book out of my normal reading comfort zone, but since I really loved Ten Tiny Breaths by Tucker I wanted to give this a try.
Burying Water centers around Water, a young woman who can’t remember her past after a horrible attack, and Jesse, the guy who knew and loved her. I did really like that it was mostly centered on Water’s progress and growth after whatever caused her to leave her memory, while the chapters with Jesse centered on her past and everything leading up to the point. It was a really neat way to have the story unfold & even though I think it’s fairly obvious who does what to her I did enjoy the overall story. Water’s desire to find a place for herself and the new relationships she forges is what made the story for me though. I loved her odd friendship with Ginny and the bond that they share. One of the few things that turn me into mush is when someone who is fiercely independent and jaded finally finds someone they feel they can trust and confide in. Jesse is a great guy, even with his troubled past following him around. His sincerity and openness really makes him a keeper, and I loved the two of them together.
The only problem I had with this one was the pacing. It moved so slowly at times and despite the continuous stream of words in my headphones I felt like I wasn’t making much progress. However I think this is probably the narrator’s fault and not the book itself. I had the speed on the fastest setting in the app and they were still speaking at an almost normal pace. It did seem a bit more relaxed than a normal “suspense” type book, so that might have played into it a bit as well.
Overall this was a pretty good start to a series, and I look forward to reading the second one when I get the chance.