Tuesday 7 October 2014

Blog Tour ~ Review ~ Burying Water by K.A Tucker

 Reviewed by Willow ~ 5 Stars
**ARC received for honest review**
"I don't believe in fairy tales. Or at least, not the happily ever after that Disney brainwashed us all with"
I have to say that I totally loved this book. I'll admit, it took a while for it to get me totally engrossed so that I wouldn't put it down, but once I got into the flow of the book I was completely hooked.
If you've read our release post today you'll have seen the excerpt, which was the prologue. As you've seen the book starts by being told by Jesse's point of view. He is frantically looking for someone - Alex and when he finally finds her she is bloodied and beaten and barely alive. He claims that it is his fault and you are immediately drawn in, wondering what he could have done to trigger this.
The first chapter begins being told from "Jane Doe's" point of view. Waking up in hospital not knowing where she is or why. It soon becomes clear that "Jane" cannot remember anything, not just about why she was there, but who she was and her entire life.  
The interesting thing is that Jesse appears, and although we, the reader, know he knows who Jane really is, the fact that he does not tell her, or admits that he was the one who found her and saved her, really makes you wonder why the secrecy? It makes you yurn to understand what has happened leading up to this point.
Fear not though because this book is told in alternative chapters, Jane Doe in the present, working out who she is and Jesse in the past as we learn how these two are connected and ultimately what leads them to this point. You see what you are actually getting here is two love stories being told along side each other and they are very different. Worlds apart in fact, you have the very dark, sad story of Jesse and Alex and then the story of hope, rebirth and resilience with Jesse and Jane/Water.  For me that's what made this an amazing story. The contrast between the two.
I don't want to say too much about Jesse and Alex's story from the past, but it is dark and there are elements involving abuse. It is a sad tale and one, that as it develops you realise that it can't end with a happy ending at all. You do start to put pieces of the puzzle together and fairly early on you get an idea of what happened, however, even though you know what the picture is painting, you still have a desire to see it all through and get every single tiny scrap of the story out.
"Was I a person who laughed at lot? Did I laugh at myself? At others?"
With Jesse and Jane's story, although it is sad reading from Jane's point of view as she tries to remember who she is, what she likes and struggles to come to terms with the fact that she may never know, the slate has been wiped clean and she can go about building a life she wants, starting with naming herself since she hates Jane Doe. She picks the name Water and it has an important meaning for her.
Water ends up living with a grouchy old woman Ginny. I loved Ginny's character and I also loved the fact that Ginny has a reason for being the way she is and has her own back story. Water and Ginny are bonded by a understanding of an experience, but at the same time their shared experience does worry Water how it will shape her future.   
"Will this be me one day? Will I find comfort in the locks and chains, will I wish the bars across my window"
But Water is resilient and hopeful and she has an amazing family looking out for her and with their support she can shape her life and learn to live and love again.
Until she finally remembers and it all comes crashing down....
I am actually a bit lost for words about this book, it was unexpected. There are emotional parts, including a hugely sad bit near the end that put a lump in my throat. All I can say is I highly recommend this book and cannot wait for more from K.A. Tucker.    
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