Wednesday 23 March 2016

Book Club: Burying Water

 Burying Water: A Novel

Book: Burying Water
Author: K.A. Tucker
Indigo Summary
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
What I have to say: 
One of my sorority sisters gifted to me Becoming Rain, by the same author, which I loved. A friend of mine lent me Chasing River, which I loved. So, I thought I would read Burying Water, which is the first book in the series.

The book alternates between Water, which is narrated in the present, and Jesse, which is narrated in the past. While this books centres around Water and Jesse, it also introduces us to Amber (one of the leads in Chasing River) and Luke (one of the leads in Becoming Rain). Ivy (one of the leads in Surviving Ice, the last book in the series) also makes a minor appearance towards the end.

Other books in the series use the alternating P.O.V. between the male and female leads, just as Burying Water does. However, Burying Water is the only book that takes a past/present perspective; the other books are told in the present. This past/present narrative was a bit harder to follow at times, but it did help move the story along and showed the relationship between Water and Jesse.

From the other two books in the series, I was already familiar with these two characters. It was great to see how they meet and what situations happened to bring them together. Plus, it adds context to their characters as related to the other stories. It was also kind of interesting to piece together parts of Water's past, was especially as her memories started to come back. 

Final verdict: 
While this was a good book, it was not my favourite book in the series, it was a good read and does a good job setting up the series. However, if you are going to read this series (which I HIGHLY recommend!!), I would suggest starting with this book. I read the series out of order and I wonder if I would have enjoyed this book more if I had read prior to the other ones; Jesse and Water are minor characters in the other two books.  

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