Burying Water

Burying Water

by K. A. Tucker


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The highly anticipated start of the “masterful” (New York Journal of Books) romantic suspense series from the beloved nationally 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476774183
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Burying Water Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 371,902
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. She is the bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series and the novels He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, and The Simple Wild. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.

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Burying Water




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.

Burying Water




A fire.

The fragrance calls to me.

I cannot see, for my eyes are sealed shut against the wicked glow in his stare.

I cannot hear, for my ears have blocked out his appalling promises.

I cannot feel, for my body has long since shattered.

But, as I lie in the cool stillness of the night, waiting for my final peace, that comforting waft of burning bark and twigs and crispy leaves encases me.

It whispers to me that everything will be okay.

And I so desperately long to believe it.

Beep . . .

“. . . basilar skull fracture . . .”

Beep . . .

“. . . collapsed lung . . .”

Beep . . .

“. . . ruptured spleen . . .”

Beep . . .

“. . . frostbite . . .”

Beep . . .

Beep . . .

“Will she live?”

Beep . . .

“I honestly don’t know how she has survived this long.”

Beep . . .

“We need to keep this quiet for now.”

“Gabe, you just showed up on the doorstep of my hospital with a half-dead girl. How am I supposed to do that?”

“You just do. Call me if she wakes up. No one questions her but me. No one, Meredith.”

“Don’t try to talk yet,” someone—a woman—warns softly. I can’t see her. I can’t see anything; my lids open to mere slits, enough to admit a haze of light and a flurry of activity around me—gentle fingertips, low murmurs, papers rustling.

And then that rhythmic beep serenades me back into oblivion.

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Burying Water 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
JSotelo9182 More than 1 year ago
Wow. Wow. Wow. Burying Water may just be the best book I've read in 2014.   I've been a fan of K.A. Tucker for quite some time, her Ten Tiny Breaths series being some of my favorite books of all time. It turns out Ms Tucker was holding out on me.... on all of us! She has a few more tricks up her sleeve, and with her delivery of Burying Water comes my increased excitement as to what else she could possibly have in store.   Burying Water is so different from anything this author has published before. Yes, Tucker consistently weaves serious drama alongside her compelling romances. Her characters are flawed and damaged personalities, struggling under the weight of tragic histories, battling internal demons or some external conflict. Burying Water maintains those themes, but in such a fresh, new way. Alternating between Water's present first person point of view and Jesse's past first person point of view, we know where this story began and we know how it ended... what we don't know is everything that's transpired in between... or where it could possibly go from here. Burying Water is everything I've come to love from K.A. Tucker... heartbreak, loss, love, hope and an epic emotional journey. But It's so much more. It's... dare I say it... BETTER. I hesitate to use the word "better" because I'd hate to diminish the gravity of my love of every previous Tucker story. But in fairness, I shouldn't even compare. Burying Water is it's own story, a new original story nothing like anything I've read before. It's more. It's everything. It's better. The best. "He said the truth is like that water: it doesn't matter how hard you try to bury it; it'll always find some way back to the surface. It's resilient." This story is magnetic. These characters and their circumstances draw in the reader with their addictive story. I was consumed... Consumed by the forbidden attraction between Alex and Jesse, by the depths of the the unknown of Water's forgotten life, by the frightening situation they're all trapped in, by the unpredictability of this story, by the absorbing writing of this author, by the layers and diversity of these characters, by everything. I was completely consumed by ever facet of this story. I was dying to know how this could all play out, yet dreading the story ending at all. The timing in this book is stellar. Weaving between the past and the present, tiny clues are unearthed ever so slowly as to what happened in the lives of these characters over the last several months. Their story is so compelling, it was so hard to pull myself away. This, in so many ways, is a story of second chances. Despite a horrific tragedy she has no memory of, Water is given a second chance at a life she was resigned to never having... a family, a life, a love... none of which was a possibility in the life she left behind. The web of secrecy and mystery and lost memories weaves together by K.A. Tucker in this story is nothing less than perfection. The involvement of secondary characters, all that they bring to the table, to Water's new life despite what they may or may not know of her past, the family and friends she never had before... it all comes together to make for such an unforgettable story. "Am I happy? I am lost and yet somehow found. I am afraid and yet somehow comforted. I am drifting and yet somehow... home." This story is sad. Sad in the level of horror that Water had to endure in order to come out of it on the other side. Sad in how much loss Water had to suffer in order to gain so much. Sad in how many painful truths Water had to face in order to heal. Sad in the tragic story Water had to hear in order to learn from and choose another path. Sad that not everyone gets a second chance.  Burying Water is K.A. Tucker's masterpiece. I read this story in complete awe... in awe of the placement of every single word, of the timing and flow of every miniscule detail, of every facet of every character, of how unpredictable, unputdownable, unforgettable this story truly is.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would definitely recommend it. I just didn't care for the back and forth from present to past. But other than that it was really good.
gram13 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I could not put it down once I started reading. Highly recommend...
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
K. A. Tucker is one of my favorite authors. Whatever she writes, I'll read. I love K. A. Tucker's writing (that's not anything new, though!). I liked the alternating point of views between Jesse and Water, past and present respectively. I think it was a really interesting way to tell this story. While I liked all of the characters okay, I really loved Ginny. There was something about her crotchety demeanor that I found endearing. I enjoyed the story, but... I wanted more from the ending. I just felt sort of let down. Throughout the entire book, we get this slow buildup (which I really liked) and then it just kind of ends. It wasn't a bad ending, but it certainly wasn't a spectacular one, either. Another chapter or two of actual story before ending the book would have been nice, but eh... I don't write these things. Of course, I'll be reading the next book in the series, Becoming Rain. While I hoped that it would be about Jesse and Water, it won't be. Following the steps of the Ten Tiny Breaths series, the second book will be about a character from this book, Boone. While very slightly disappointing (hey, I'm being honest here!), I'm not really complaining. You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a good book. I love the way she wrote it! I couldn't put it down and can not wait for the next one to come out.
Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of Burying Water by K.A. Tucker from the Goodreads First Reads Program, but since receiving it earlier this fall it’s just sat on my shelf. Overall rating : 3.5 Stars – Worth a few minutes before bedtime. Burying Water is told in a very unique way, which I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy but actually ended up really liking. Because our main character, Water has lost her memory we receive her point of view in the present. Every other chapter we then get our hero’s point of view to fill us in on past events. Normally I don’t enjoy stories that jump between the past and present, but the way it was done in Burying Water gave the story an easy flow I was able to get into. In the past I’ve found that K.A. Tucker tends to write tragic stories with sad characters that I just can’t seem to muster any emotions for. When I first started reading I was worried she had done it again with our main characters, Jesse (hero) and Alex (heroine). I had a really hard to connecting to in the beginning, but as the story went on I did begin to feel a connection with our characters. I wanted things to work out for them. Yet, while I liked our main characters and found the story interesting it never reached ‘OMG’ levels for me. I had no problem putting this down when it was time for bed each night. It actually took me two full days to read this book, which is quite long for me. The story was a bit slow to develop and I think that may have been my issue with getting into the reading. Remember I like more action, so it might not be a problem for those of you that aren’t angst whores, like I am. Buying Water was starting to get good, I was getting into the story and waiting for the big shoe to drop. Unfortunately, when that happens that’s all that happens. It was really more a mild ripple than a big splash. We’ve read an entire book leading up to this big ‘moment’ and the reactions it would cause but when we get there nothing really happens. Everything was just fine. There was no angst, no final confrontation, no emotional upheaval, just an acceptance and then an ending. Well kind of an ending, I was still left with so many questions/plot holes. Burying Water probably would have been a four but the extremely lack luster ending and all the missing pieces I needed to finalize the story just lost something for me. Tucker had a great story, but in the end it just wasn’t given the justice it deserved. But this book has a 4.22 rating on Goodreads, so it very well could be a case of “it’s just me”. Who knows.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Ok, so bear with me here. I've actually read Burying Water twice, but this is my first time reviewing it. Prior to its release, I read an eBook version but life got in the way and I didn't have a chance to write my review. Shortly after that, I received an audiobook version for review, so I decided to hold off on the eBook review and just write one after finishing the audiobook. Yes, this book was so good that I insisted on reading it twice in a little less than two months.  I'm a big fan of K.A. Tucker's new adult contemporaries. I loved every single book in the Ten Tiny Breaths series and, as sad as I was to see it end, I couldn't wait to see what she would give us next. I love her writing style and her characters and admire the fact that she's willing to "go there" with tough subjects. Burying Water sounded incredible, so I was beyond excited to read it. (Um, both times.) While this book had a decidedly different feel than any of her books I've read in the past, she still retained her voice. The characters were every bit as relatable and easy-to-love (or hate) as those in her other series.  I actually love the way this story was told. I thought it unique to have Jesse's POV in the past and Water's in the present. Through Jesse's eyes, we learn what he knew of Water's past and their relationship with each other. Through Water's eyes, we watch as she tries to reconcile what happened to her and learn who she is or was and the struggle she has with whether or not she wants to know everything that happened before. It was an interesting balance and a great way to learn the important parts of the past, while keeping an eye on the future because that's what was most important. My heart broke for Water and all that she dealt with and all that she lost.  I loved Jesse's character, too. He wasn't perfect and he made mistakes. But he always put Water first, even over his own needs. One of the things I loved most about this book was their journey back to each other. There were so many little moments that I didn't grasp the gravity of until something was revealed in a flashback later. Those are the moments that made this book special to me. Her life with Jesse was lurking just under the surface and there's no denying they were meant to be together. Not when HE (and the times associated with him) are what she was drawn to after.  The secondary characters in this book were so important to the story. The Welles family was integral to the story and I came to love them nearly as much as I did Water and Jesse. They were there for her in so many ways and it's safe to say that without them, she wouldn't have made it. Ginny is the other bright light in this book. I wasn't sure of her character at first, but she wound up being an incredible source of love and support for Water. And, also, Water for her.  The audiobook version of this book was fantastic. I thought maybe this would be the type of book I couldn't or wouldn't enjoy a second time around just because it dealt with a lot of tough issues and a mystery that had already been solved. I was wrong. Instead of finding myself zoning out because I knew what would happen next, I actually found myself listening more closely because of the emotion the narration brought to the story. The narrators were both excellent. They did a great job of pulling even more emotions out of me the second time around. Their pacing was perfect and it was easy to imagine them as Water and Jesse.  The bottom line is, no matter what format you choose to read this in, you're in for one hell of a ride. It's emotional and sexy and full of suspense. It's actually pretty easy to figure out who attacked her, but that's not what makes the story amazing. It's her journey back that makes this book special.  I received two copies of this book from the publisher – one via NetGalley and one audiobook version – in exchange for an honest review.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
So far, there hasn’t been anything that author, K.A. Tucker, has written that I haven’t loved. I mean, her Ten Tiny Breaths series continuously blew my mind, and now Burying Water is right up there in must read books too. The opening scene was enough to keep your attention riveted to this story. A guy rushes to a scene where a young girl is found badly beaten and he is crying over her body? Attention. Claimed. In Burying Water, the story revolves around a young girl who was pretty much left for dead in a field. And miraculously, she survives but suffers from extreme memory loss. With no one stepping forward to claim her, and no reports of anyone missing a friend/family member with her description, she finds herself pretty much alone. But with the help of one of the doctors who was caring for her while in hospital, and with the help of a crotchety neighbor, she slowly starts over and chooses the name Water for herself. And this new life of hers seems to involve her superhot neighbor, Jesse, the son of the doctor who has been helping her, and someone that seems really familiar to her. But Jesse has secrets of his own. Ones that he hopes Water never learns about because they involve her. Secrets that could get her really dead… I found Burying Water to be a little edgier and darker than K.A. Tucker’s other books, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I really enjoyed that the story bounced from past to present, which answered a lot of questions. I loved that we got to see Water and Jesse fall for each other twice. I love how some of the scenes that were written were intense. I love how tender some of the scenes between Water and Jesse were. I loved how I felt so many different emotions while reading this book. Not only were the main characters ones that readers will totally love, but the supporting cast is pretty unforgettable…the good AND the bad, and let me tell ya, the bad ones made my skin crawl! I would recommend this read to fans of K.A. Tucker, and to those who are looking for a different type of New Adult read. Burying Water is one book that I feel you will thoroughly enjoy, and won’t soon forget.
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BookbuffHL More than 1 year ago
Blew my expectations! On sale one day on audible, audio book narrators are great and story is blowing my mind. I just want to keep listening. Might be a slight cliche to read about a girl with amnesia but this author really pulls it off and the back and forth between present and past is both easy to follow and suspensful. Fantastic read so far! ENJOY!
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Burying Water! I definitely think this is my favorite book by K.A. Tucker thus far. I loved the alternating points of view in alternating points in time. The memory loss aspect was super interesting and kept me reading way past my bedtime. This book was flawlessly executed and kept me at the edge of my seat! Everything felt so real, so genuine and left me full of emotions. I definitely cried twice. If you haven't started this series yet, DO IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A favorite..
Jesszelk More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished Chasing River by this author. I enjoyed the book so much that I bought another book by K.A. Tucker. What I don't understand is why nobody mentioned to read Burying Water first!!
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Absolutely amazing read....love KA Tucket
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This book was absolutely wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book, pulled me in and really did not want to put it down. Also liked the style of writing and how it all came together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Started out a little slow but once it got going, it didn't' stop til the end. I really enjoyed it
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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!
Kimmerk65 More than 1 year ago
K.A. Tucker has proven once again that she deserves all the 5-Star ratings she has gotten with all her other books and with, her new one, Burying Water.  This story goes from "then" to "now" and although I figured out who Water was, I don't think it was a secret, I didn't know what lead up to what had happened to Water.  Jesse did what he did to protect Alex. So very good!! Highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Loved how it moved back and forth in time to tell the story and the characters journey. Highly reccommend.