Title: Burying Water
Author: K.A. Tucker
“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.”
So I read this series a bit backwards. I was first introduced to these characters in Chasing River and quickly fell in love. Once I finished it, I immediately dove into this book, the first in the series so I could better understand them and their background.
I never expected the story they had to tell.
The book begins with Jesse finding Alex face down on snow covered ground with blood all around her. He’s panicking and even though the reader is left in the dark about the details, this scene is the perfect set up for the book. It got my heart racing, my mind wondering what the hell was going on and how they got to that point. And so down the rabbit hole I went.
I loved Jesse. He has a good heart and true intentions. When he loves, he loves with his entire being. But he has a troubled past. He was a rebellious teenager, when all he’s ever wanted to do is work on cars. That’s his passion, his driving force in life. He loves cars and he’s great at fixing them. But when the wrong people learn about his skills, he finds himself getting roped in with them. Which is where he meets Alex- the woman who is completely off limits to him, but he can’t help himself. She’s trapped in an impossible situation and she sees Jesse as the only way out.
But at what cost?
We are first introduced to Alex when she wakes up in the hospital. She had been left for dead, but by who? The problem is, she can’t remember. Not a single thing, not even her own name. A clean slate. Is it a blessing, or a curse? She was scared and frustrated, naturally, but I admired her strength and determination to keep living. When Dr. Meredith Welles offers her a new chance at life, she grabs on with both hands. In a way, I can relate to Alex. Starting a new life completely from scratch is terrifying, but also liberating. She was free to be whoever she wanted without any constraints from her past or present. A daunting task for sure, but she didn’t let that stop her.
I quickly fell in love with these characters. Each of them unique and that’s not an easy task. I loved the Welles family dynamic- how much they love each other and how no matter what happens, they stick together. That’s what family does and I loved that Alex was able to witness and be part of that. It’s what she needed.
This book is set in past and present tense, going back and forth between Alex and Jesse’s POV. Eventually past and present merge and the pieces all come together at the pivotal point. K.A. Tucker did this beautifully and had me speed reading to put all the puzzle pieces together. I went into this book mostly blind and that’s how I want to leave this review. I don’t want to give anything away. I want the next reader to be shocked, elated, and scared around every turn and bend like I was. Just don’t expect to get much sleep when diving into this series because believe me, you won’t want to stop reading.
“Maybe the truth is that we were meant to find each other.
A simple truth that would have kept finding its way to us, no matter which path I tried to turn down.
No matter how deep I buried the feelings she sparked within me with one damn kiss.
If you wait long enough, the truth always finds its way. Just like that stream. Just like water.
Alex is my truth.”