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.Paperback, 368 pages
Jane Doe awakens in the hospital, bruised and beaten almost beyond recognition. She has no recollection of what happened to her; she can't even recall her own name. One thing is apparent, someone beat her and left her for dead. Jane keeps fighting, and after a couple of months, she is well enough to resume her life. Will Jane remember her past?
What I Liked:
- I was pleasantly surprised by Burying Water. This is a NA book with a solid mystery that kept me engaged throughout. Even though this book still follows the same all too familiar recipe of a New Adult book: broken and damaged person healed by a romance, it is still worth the read.
- This book incorporates two view points. You have Jesse narrating the tale in the past and Jane or Water relaying the events in the present. It is easy to put together the pieces and figure out what is going on rather quickly, but that doesn't take away from the suspense. As Jesse's narration unfolds in the past, the reader's trepidation grows as it is already clear what will happen. I thought the way the author relayed the past and present through two different view points was brilliantly executed. It isn't often that a book can come together seamlessly like this one does.
- Water and Jesse are terrific protagonists. I liked getting to know both of them. Water especially is a fighter. She proves time and time again, how courageous and brave she is. She claws her way out of an abusive situation, and fights for her life. My heart went out to her. Jesse is a rather unexpected love interest. He isn't drop dead gorgeous or a true bad boy. He is a hardworking young man with a kind heart. He is rather ordinary, but that in my opinion makes him just perfect. I liked that they both were flawed and made mistakes, and that in the end, they were better together.
- The romance took a bit of time for me to warm up to. It starts with a rather strange chance encounter in the rain on the side of the road. Later the couple meets again and it takes hold. This is an adulterous romance, and while most of us abhor cheating in our reads, it was easy to understand why it occurred. I personally wasn't bothered by the cheating because of the situation. So go into this with an open mind. After all was said and done, I enjoyed the romance.
- I loved the secondary characters especially the eccentric Ginny. Ginny's story drew me in, and I found her character endearing despite her strange quirks. I was also intrigued by Jesse's parents, and I was surprised that I was even drawn to Jesse's room mate, Luke.
- Even though this is the first in the series, it is a complete story. The end draws to a nice, neat satisfactory close without a cliffhanger or unanswered questions. The next book is a companion novel featuring Jesse's roommate, Luke.
And The Not So Much:
- I was once again disappointed that this book followed the same worn out recipe of the NA genre. The mystery was what kept me reading, but it was rather predictable how it would all play out. If you are looking for a NA romance that doesn't feature a broken person healing through love, this isn't the one for you. However, if you are wanting mystery, suspense and rather low angst and drama, this is a terrific NA romance.
- I was hoping for a bit more movement with the father/son relationship. Jesse and his father have a bit of a strained relationship, due to some of Jesse's poor decisions as a teenager. At the end of the book, they were moving onto firmer ground, but I was left wanting to see more of it.
- One niggling point for me was the demise of the bad guy. It was hinted that perhaps he didn't meet his fate by accident and I was left wondering if someone had a hand in his death?
Burying Water is a New Adult book worth reading. It features a terrific mystery, engaging mystery and a satisfying romance. Even though this fails to break original ground in the New Adult genre, I still enjoyed the novel. The writing, characters and suspense drew me in and kept me invested until the end. If you are wanting a NA romance that is low angst with a mystery, try this one.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.