Audio Book Review : Burying Water by K A Tucker

April 24, 2015 Audio Review, Book review 22 ★★★★

I’ve had a bit of tricky relationship with K A Tucker’s books.  They are loved by many and I’ve gone in with high hopes and while I liked them, I’ve always felt that I wasn’t as attached to them as everyone else seems to be.  Until Burying Water!

Audio Book Review : Burying Water by K A TuckerBurying Water by K. A. Tucker
Published by Simon and Schuster on October 7th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Women, Emotions & Feelings, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.

My thoughts on the narration of Burying Water:

This was my first experience with a dual narration and it worked perfectly.  I’ve listened to Elizabeth Louise previously and her voice is very easy to listen.  She is expressive and sounds young and vivacious.  Josh Goodman was another easy listen and did a great job of Jesse’s voice, he sounded rebellious, strong and trustworthy.

My Thoughts on Burying Water by K A Tucker:

In previous KA books I’ve always loved the characters.  She knows how to write appealing characters that are interesting and full of life.  However her plotlines always felt too far-fetched and that is where my issue was.  As this book was a mystery somehow I just didn’t have that issue here.

It starts off in a dark, chilling tone as Water (or Jane Doe as she is at that stage) has been the victim of a brutal assault and has no idea what happened, where she is or even who she is.  She is the ‘now’ timeline in the plot.  And then we switch to Jesse who is the ‘then’ plotline.  He is filling in the blanks for us and describing a very messy, complicated relationship that he is falling into with a stranger who he assists with a flat tyre.

The NOW setting is in a small town that feels safe and friendly and arty.  A town where everyone knows your name and is in your business but in a charming kind of way.  It made me feel reassured for Water as you can’t help but fear for her safety and wonder if her attacker is still lurking nearby just waiting for a chance to finish her off.  The THEN setting is in a city and it has edgy vibe with violence lurking nearby.  I loved hopping between both settings

And the characters were FAB!  I loved Water; she is smart and resilient.  And Jesse is the engine whisperer who can fix any car and he is the only one I’d trust to help Water build a new life.  It’s an emotional, compelling storyline and I was listening every chance I got.  I loved the deep connection between Water and Jesse and the ‘now’ and ‘then’ plotlines kept the pace lively and engaging.  There were lots of interesting, fully fleshed side characters too especially the grumpy Ginny who took Water in; I adored her and all her quirky ways.

The only issue I had was how quickly and conveniently everything wrapped up.  It felt too contrived but on the other hand once I overlooked that, it did make me feel good.  I wanted swoony and romantic and SAFETY for this couple and that I got!  So I can’t complain too much.

Overall this is a great start to a new companion series and I know I’ll be reading the next one very, every soon.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Burying Water by K A Tucker?

I’d highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a page-turner of a read with characters that you want to root for.  It’s not a straight forward romance and it’s not a twisty mystery but it takes a little bit pinch of both genres and mixes them into a compelling and emotional read.  If you’ve enjoyed Ten Tiny Breaths by K A Tucker or The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay then I think you’ll also enjoy this one.



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22 Responses to “Audio Book Review : Burying Water by K A Tucker”

    • trish

      I think you would really enjoy it. It’s not a very mysterious story but the characters are fab and the mystery element made for a nice backdrop.

  1. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    I love stories dealing with amnesia! Sounds like I’m weird or something, but I do. They make for great conflict and drama. I have avoided KA Tucker’s books because I don’t read very much YA, but this looks like NA instead and a suspense at that. An oldie fave comes to mind: See Jane Run by Joy Fielding, 2007. Perhaps I would pick this one up and give it a try, so thanks, Trish!
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    • trish

      I like stories about amnesia too as the brain fascinates me! All her books are more NA than YA but I loved the mixture of mystery and romance in this one. I’m on the second in the series now and I’m loving that one too.

    • trish

      Yay, that’s what I like to hear. I was a bit sceptical going in as I’ve never been wowed by the authors previous books but this one has won me over 🙂

    • trish

      Great to hear that you already have it! Now you need to dig it out and read it, I think you’ll like it as you enjoy mystery/romance mix ups.

    • trish

      The now and then worked really well here. I’d be all wrapped up in one timeline and get annoyed when it changed but then I’d be drawn straight into that one too!

    • trish

      The characters are my favourite thing about the book, I loved them individually and together. But the setting was interesting too! Worth checking out sometime 🙂

  2. Lola

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about this author her books, but I haven’t read any of her books yet. This book sounds interesting though and the mystery sounds intriguing, although I am usually not a fan of the memory loss plot as it always sounds so unbelieveable. The way of telling the story in now and then sounds original. I did enjoy the Sea of Tranquility, so who knwos I might have to check this book out! The characters sound really well written and I like how you describe it as having a bit romance and a bit of mystery. Great Review!
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    • trish

      I compared it to The Sea of Tranquility as both feature a traumatised main character and both made me feel all emotions while reading them. This one has an older vibe to it (characters in their early 20s) but I loved how attached to the characters I got in both.

    • trish

      I still miss Ginny! But I’m listening to book 2 now and loving it. I love how the books and characters are linked in.

  3. tonyalee

    I have yet to jump on the K.A. Tucker train but I keep seeing such lovely things about this book – I might give it a go!

    • trish

      Absolutely, I very deliberately ignored that and didn’t use NA in my labelling. It’s adult all the way, nothing NA about it!

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