Burying Water: A Novel

Paperback | October 7, 2014

byK.A. Tucker

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The highly anticipated start of a new romantic suspense series from the beloved, USA Today bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths.

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.

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The highly anticipated start of a new romantic suspense series from the beloved, USA Today bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths.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...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1476774188

ISBN - 13:9781476774183

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Tucker masterpiece Once again KA. Tucker knocks it out of the park. I don't normally love the flipping back and forth between the present and the past but it worked REALLY well in Burying Water. Not one to give plots away in review, I gotta say not only did I love the main characters and their developing relationship but the supporting characters were so memorable. Hands down, some of the best supporting characters I've read in literary fiction. Definitely a good read and looking forward to more Tucker masterpieces.
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dark and Ominous Romance! "Burying Water" is a powerfully compelling romance that begins when a young battered woman on the verge of death at St. Charles Medical Centre is given a second chance at life. Left for dead in the fields near Bend Oregon the "Jane Doe" has no memory of her past and after three months in the hospital is to be sent to a shelter until a grouchy, cantankerous old woman- Ginny Fitzgerald- agrees to have her move into an apartment on her horse farm. Instead of wallowing in despair she takes a new identity as Water Fitzgerald, fabricating a history that will appease any gossip in the small town of Sisters. Living next door to the Welles family she's inexplicably drawn to Jesse the son of her surgeon and the local sheriff. But unbeknownst to Water, Jesse who works as a mechanic in Rust's garage in Portland holds the key to her lost memories. Desperate to keep the sordid details buried he tries to stay away from her only to find that destiny is fickle and the truth like water often surfaces when you least expect it. In flashbacks from the past Jesse recounts his budding love affair with Alexandria Petrova (aka Water) and the fatal circumstances leading to the assault on her life while Jane Doe (aka Water) relates her struggle to resurrect her life after being hospitalized. The emotional impact of the story escalates as the plot twists and turns with the unfolding events in Water's life that eventually bring the reality of her past into the present. With a smooth flowing writing style K.A. Tucker breathes life into a romance between a broken young woman who made a grievous mistake and craves a second chance at life, and a young man haunted by his own troubled past who struggles to forget a love that's forbidden. In an undercurrent of criminal intrigue, the author combines romance and family dynamics as Jesse not only comes to terms with his relationship with his father, but Water finds a loving home with Ginny and the Welleses. The characters are not only realistic in all their complexity but engaging and unforgettable. Alexandria Petrova a young woman who was taken in by the warmth and caring of Viktor a wealthy philanderer and arrogant mobster is confident, and resilient, defying her controlling husband by furthering her education. After the assault and rape she's determined to put the pieces of her life back together finding support and encouragement from the Welleses and from Ginny a bitter , crusty old woman haunted by a childhood trauma. Jesse Welles is the twenty-four year old mechanic who's trying to put his teenage reputation as a troublemaker to rest. Kind and caring he deplores the "douchebag" who abuses his wife, falling in love with Alex as he struggles to protect her. With power and passion all the characters give depth and dimension to a story you can't put down. A fan of K.A. Tucker's novels I thoroughly enjoyed "Burying Water" a darkly ominous tale that's intoxicating from the first page to the last.
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No surprise...AMAZING I finished this book a few days ago, and have been thinking about what I was going to write for my review. Even at this point, I don't know that I will be able to really get across just how much I LOVED this book. I am a HUGE fan of K.A. Tucker's, I was so happy to be introduced to her books at a book signing of three other authors over a year ago, since then I have read the entire TTB series, and now Burying Water. I knew the general idea of this book, but hadn't even read the description, I felt like I didn't really need to as I knew if it's written by K.A Tucker, then it's going to be amazing. And as always I wasn't disappointed. I was hooked after just reading the prologue, I mean how is it possible that an author can hock you after 4 pages....4 PAGES! But K.A. does. You're curious as to how this girl came to being dumped on the side of the road in an abandoned area and the guy who is trying to save her. We then meet Jane Doe in the hospital after she wakes up from something that no one should walk up from. I love that this story jumps from now to then and from her to his point of view, it really gives the story a well rounded feel. I found this to be a story of hope rather then despair. It's a great example of the mind's ability to overcome trauma and that the heart sometimes knows better then the mind. As we see Water come into her own and start her new life in the little small town of Sisters we really get to see how her draw to Jesse is something she can't help or stop. I love the connection she builds with all members of her community, from Ginny to Dakota and of course the good Doctor, her Sheriff husband and nurse daughter and of course the mechanic son (Jesse), she truly embarrasses the idea of her new life. Even if she doesn't realize it. As her memory comes back in snippets she knows there is a reason she is in Sisters and a pull to Jesse she just doesn't know why. "Something tells me Jesse is the kind of guy that I can always count on. My gut must be telling me that I had someone just like him in my previous life. Someone I trusted" The only minor thing I wish was included was more detail on why or how she ended up abandoned, but I am torn about this as well, I am happy she never remembered that, because no one should remember something that brutal. I am holding out hope that maybe we will get a little more info into that with Becoming Rain. As always, an AMAZING read by K.A.Tucker and I can't wait for anything that is next...and I am even thinking about reading her Casual Encounter series, even though I am not a fan of paranormal at all....i just figure if I am going to like any paranormal series it would be K.A.Tuckers!
Date published: 2014-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh my goodness! Having been a fan of KA Tucker for a while now, I was thrilled when she announced that she'd be starting a new series. I'd fallen in love with her characters in the Ten Tiny Breaths series, and couldn't wait to get my hands on Burying Water. It did not disappoint. Told in alternating viewpoints of Jane Doe/Water (Now) and Jesse (Then), we're sucked into a beautifully flowing story of love, tragedy and resilience, that leaves the reader hungry for more. Water is an exceptional character with amnesia, after a brutal assault. I've encountered a few books (and shows too) where amnesia has been presented, and the execution of it, is horrific. Tucker not only manages to capture what having amnesia feels like for Water, but also how she is able to continue moving forward with her life, despite everything. Through her recovery, Water meets an eclectic group of characters in the small town of Sisters, and demonstrates that not only do they have an impact on her life, and recovery, but also how she impacts them. Ginny Fitzgerald is described as a crotchety old woman, who dislikes most people. Her relationship with Water, as the book progresses, is a perfect mix of heartwarming and heart-aching. These characters feel like family, and you want nothing more than to reach out and hug them; share their pain and be apart of their triumphs and successes. I truly cannot wait for Becoming Rain to come out in March 2015.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Having been a fan of KA Tucker for a while now, I was thrilled when she announced that she'd be starting a new series. I'd fallen in love with her characters in the Ten Tiny Breaths series, and couldn't wait to get my hands on Burying Water. It did not disappoint. Told in alternating viewpoints of Jane Doe/Water (Now) and Jesse (Then), we're sucked into a beautifully flowing story of love, tragedy and resilience, that leaves the reader hungry for more. Water is an exceptional character with amnesia, after a brutal assault. I've encountered a few books (and shows too) where amnesia has been presented, and the execution of it, is horrific. Tucker not only manages to capture what having amnesia feels like for Water, but also how she is able to continue moving forward with her life, despite everything. Through her recovery, Water meets an eclectic group of characters in the small town of Sisters, and demonstrates that not only do they have an impact on her life, and recovery, but also how she impacts them. Ginny Fitzgerald is described as a crotchety old woman, who dislikes most people. Her relationship with Water, as the book progresses, is a perfect mix of heartwarming and heart-aching. These characters feel like family, and you want nothing more than to reach out and hug them; share their pain and be apart of their triumphs and successes. I truly cannot wait for Becoming Rain to come out in March 2015.
Date published: 2014-10-08

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Burying Water PROLOGUE JESSE NOW This can’t be real . . . This can’t be real . . . This can’t be real . . . The words cycle round and round in my mind like the wheels on my speeding ’Cuda as its ass-end slips and slides over the gravel and ice. This car is hard to handle on the best of days, built front-heavy and overloaded with horsepower. I’m going to put myself into one of these damn trees if I don’t slow down. I jam my foot against the gas pedal. I can’t slow down now. Not until I know that Boone was wrong about what he claims to have overheard. His Russian is mediocre at best. I’ll give anything for him to be wrong about this. My gut clenches as my car skids around another turn, the cone shape of Black Butte looming like a monstrous shadow ahead of me in the pre-dawn light. The snowy tire tracks framed by my headlights might not even be the right ones, but they’re wide like Viktor’s Hummer and they’re sure as hell the only ones down this old, deserted logging road. No one comes out here in January. The line of trees marking the dead end comes up on me before I expect it. I slam on my brakes, sending my car sliding sideways toward the old totem pole. It’s still sliding when I cut the rumbling engine, throw open the door, and jump out, fumbling with my flashlight. It takes three hard presses with my shaking hands to get the light to hold. I begin searching the ground. The mess of tread marks tells me that someone pulled a U-turn. The footprints tell me that more than one person got out. And when I see the half-finished cigarette butt with that weird alphabet on the filter, I know Boone wasn’t wrong. “Alex!” My echo answers once . . . twice . . . before the vast wilderness swallows up my desperate cry. With frantic passes of my flashlight, my knuckles white against its body, I search the area until I spot the sets of footprints that lead off the old, narrow road and into the trees. Frigid fingers curl around my heart. Darting back to my car, I snatch the old red-and-blue plaid wool blanket that she loves so much from the backseat. Ice-cold snow packs into the sides of my sneakers as I chase the trail past the line of trees and into the barren field ahead, my blood rushing through my ears the only sound I process. The only sign of life. Raw fear numbs my senses, the Pacific Northwest winter numbs my body, but I push forward because if . . . The beam of light passes over a still form lying facedown in the snow. I’d recognize that pink coat and platinum-blond hair of hers anywhere; the sparkly blue dress that she hates so much looks like a heap of sapphires against a white canvas. My heart freezes. “Alex.” It’s barely a whisper. I’m unable to produce more, my lungs giving up on me. I run, stumbling through the foot of snow until I’m on my knees and crawling forward to close the distance. A distance of no more than ten feet and yet one that seems like miles. There’s no mistaking the spray of crimson freckling the snow around her head. Or that most of her long hair is now dark and matted. Or that her silver stockings are torn and stained red, and a pool of blood has formed where her dress barely covers her thighs. Plenty of footprints mark the ground around her. He must have been here for a while. I know that there are rules to follow, steps to make sure that I don’t cause her further harm. But I ignore them because the sinking feeling in my stomach tells me I can’t possibly hurt her more than he already has. I nestle her head with one hand while I slide the other under her shoulder. I roll her over. Cold shock knocks the wind out of me. I’ve never seen anybody look like this. I scoop her limp body into my arms, cradling the once beautiful face that I’ve seen in every light—rage to ecstasy and the full gamut in between—yet is now unrecognizable. Placing two blood-coated fingers over her throat, I wait. Nothing. A light pinch against her lifeless wrist. Nothing. Maybe a pulse does exist but it’s hidden, masked by my own racing one. Then again, by the look of her, likely not. One . . . two . . . three . . . plump, serene snowflakes begin floating down from the unseen sky above. Soon, they will converge and cover the tracks, the blood. The evidence. Mother Nature’s own blanket to hide the unsightly blemish in her yard. “I’m so sorry.” I don’t try to restrain the hot tears as they roll down my cheeks to land on her mangled lips—lips I had stolen plenty of kisses from, back when I was too stupid to realize how dangerous that really was. This is my fault. She had warned me. If I had just listened, had stayed away from her, had not told her how I felt . . .  . . . had not fallen wildly in love with her. I lean down to steal a kiss even now, the coppery taste of her blood mixing with my salty tears. “I’m so damn sorry. I should never have even looked your way,” I manage to get out around my sobs, tucking the blanket she loved to curl up in over her. An almost inaudible gasp slips out. A slight breeze against my mouth more than anything else. My lungs freeze, my eyes glued to her, afraid to hope. “Alex?” Is it possible? A moment later, a second gasp—a wet, rattling sound—­escapes. She’s not dead. Not yet, anyway.

Editorial Reviews

"This is a fun, flirty, super sexy love story that offers all of the best of opposites attracting. K.A. Tucker's writing is engaging, witty, and endearing just like her characters."