Burying Water by K.A. Tucker Review: A Book Which Spoils Itself

April 13, 2015 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 3 stars, Books, Reviews

Burying Water by K.A. Tucker Review: A Book Which Spoils ItselfBurying Water by K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #1
Published by Atria Books on October 7, 2014
Source: Publisher
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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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.

I love the Ten Tiny Breaths series, so I jumped at the chance at reading Burying Water. What I learnt is that Burying Water is nothing like the first series and it kind of fizzled for me.

There are two concurrent storylines in the novel – the past and the present.

In the present, we meet Water, a girl who wakes up in hospital with serious injuries and amnesia. She needs to put together the pieces of who she was in her past life and learn to live with her scars. The beginning of the book is what hooked me in the most – I wanted to know who Water was and what had happened to her.

The story flicks into the past, as we watch Jesse enter into an affair with Alexandria, a young married woman who feels trapped by her much older, rich, cheating and abusive husband. We watch a beautiful romance unfold, if it wasn’t for the problem that Alex is married.

Alex: “I never thought I would end up being this person who sleeps with another man. And yet, here I am, only four years later. A cheating wife.”

Jesse: “An abused wife, who’s been cheated on countless times herself, and who was hurt and angry.” 

Alex: “That’s an excuse, not a reason….I guess we’re all capable of doing bad things. I was just being self-righteous, thinking I might be above that.” 

You know how I feel about cheating, but somehow it’s justified here with the archetypal villain. What’s worse – being stuck with a husband that cheats and abuses you or cheating on him as well? I just couldn’t blame either of the characters for the romance that unfolds between them – which is how Burying Water surprised me. It changed my thoughts on a subject matter that I felt strongly about and it really goes to show that everyone has their own story.

I really admired Alex for being so incredibly resilient and strong when she needed to be. She’s undergone horrific trauma in her life, but she just carries on. She knows what her husband does is wrong, but she just withstands it anyway. This is the typical romance where the characters are better off with each other.

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

Jesse was a typical caring guy who wanted to save Alex from her circumstances after falling in love with her. I liked how he was attracted to her because of her strength of character, instead of just her looks. Aside from how much he loves cars and how much he wants to protect and rescue Alex, I didn’t garner much else from him though.

My problem with the book? Too much foreshadowing happens with a massive spoiler at the very start of the book. As a reader, I already knew how the story was going to play out with the beginning and the end of the story. I felt like I was just waiting for the characters to play catch up, rendering the rest of the book at a stuttering pace. The events that unfolded were predictable and unsatisfying.


Burying Water is one of the most confronting books I’ve read on abusive relationships and marital affairs. It’s a story of strength and resilience, a glimmer of hope, and a better future. It’s just a shame about the massive spoiler where the plot fizzled before it started, which made the book drag for me. I’ll keep reading the series though, because of K.A. Tucker’s amazing writing.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5


Thanks to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review! 

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34 responses to “Burying Water by K.A. Tucker Review: A Book Which Spoils Itself

  1. Aw man, I absolutely hate when books spoil themselves. It's such a shame and you really lose that desire to keep going, you know? Not a fan of cheating themes myself so I may give this one a skip. Thanks for the fantastically honest review, Jeann! <3

  2. Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

    Ah, I couldn't finish this book. Actually DNF'd it at the very beginning. Just by the atmosphere – too intense but in a ''fake'' kind of way (not convincing) – and I think there was a sort of weird random kiss? I was like, ''WTF??'' so put the book down and never felt like picking it up again. Seems like it wasn't a winner for you either. Sorry ://
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  3. danielleisbusyreading

    Oh man! I'm sorry this one didn't work for you, especially since you were looking forward to it. 🙁 I haven't read any of this author's books, but I have Burying Water on my Kindle and want to try it. It sounds so different from the normal NA.
    I hate cheating story lines too, so I'm curious to see what my reaction will be.

    Great review, girl!

    • Yeah, her books are up and down for me, my favourite so far has been Four Seconds to Lose. Will definitely check out your blog, thanks for all your lovely comments!

  4. I'm one of those that's in two minds about KA Tucker, I just can't get passed how new adult her books are. You know, the added drama and that everything is solved through sex. I seen a few early reviews for this one and it sounded promising, unlike her other releases. But if you didn't enjoy it all that much, being a new adult reader, I can't imagine it would probably impress me anymore than it did you. Sadly. It's hard to find a great new adult title lately, I try to be open minded, but I've all but sworn off the genre. Hopefully the series picks up and gets better.

    Brilliant review Jeann <3
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    • Yeah, her books are definitely more adult I think, with college aged kids. I hope you've given Colleen Hoover a shot Kelly! Especially Hopeless and Losing Hope.

  5. You know how vehemently against cheating I am too, but with this book it actually worked for me and I understood it, which is something I thought I'd never say.
    I'm really sad you didn't like this one as much as I did, but I get where you're coming from. Even though I knew what was coming, I was still really tense throughout the book. I do hope you'll love the second book a bit more. I know it's my favorite by the author so far.
    Lovely review, Jeann!
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    • Absolutely, I think it was the way how the husband was villianised, which kind of made things okay. But then again, she should have left him before she did anything. Thanks Nick!

    • Ah such a shame Allie! I totally know what you mean though. I liked the first TTB book, didn\’t like the second, LOVED Four Seconds to Lose and liked the 4th. It\’s just variable I guess.

  6. I feel REALLLY strongly about cheating as well but I can see how it would work in the situation the main characters found themselves in.

    I like that Alex actually kind of acknowledges that cheating isn't right, even knowing that her husband is a complete asshole.

    What I am confused about, I guess, is how the author deals with the abusive relationship itself. Is it more about the romance between the two characters than it is about her relationship with her husband?

    It also kind of sucks that even though Jesse is sweet, there wasn't much else to him 🙁

    I am sorry this didn't work as well for you as Ten Tiny Breaths did 🙁

    Lovely review though, hon <3
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    • This is why we're soul sisters Rashika <3 Yeah, Alex does acknowledge it and actually feels bad which was kind of refreshing you know? It's not just a polar reaction if that makes sense. Her relationship with her husband was a focal point of the book and the characters' development and choices.

  7. Braine-Talk Supe

    What?? You're the first reviewer that I came across with that did not like this. I get the foreshadowing part and the spoiler bit, it does put a kink on things. Thanks for the warning, I still want to try this out, I just hope that I'll enjoy it better than you did 🙂
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  8. Lisa @ Lost in Lit

    Oh no!! I'm so sorry to see you didn't enjoy this like I did. 🙁 I can see where you're coming from though. And I agree, this series is totally different, nothing like TTB series. I don't remember the beginning of the book so I'm not sure what you mean by the major spoiler. I may have to go back and reread it now. lol
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    • I know, it was totally different and I'm not sure I was prepared for it! Definitely read the first chapter and check it out lol

  9. Burying Water is actually one of my favourite K.A Tucker books (that and Four Seconds to Loose). I can see how knowing the big spoiler at the beginning could have been frustrating but I found myself emotionally investing in Water and Jesse so much that the book ended up being (for me) a story about their characterizations than the plot itself. Yes, there was major foreshadowing in this book but it never really bothered me. I put things together fairly quickly but again, it worked for me. Sorry to hear this one wasn't for you Jeann! I hope you have better luck with Becoming Rain!
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    • Oooh yes Four Seconds to Lose was definitely my favourite from her first series! This one definitely reminded me of that because of the whole mafia thing. Thanks Lily, I'm looking forward to reading the next book.

  10. inlibrisveritas

    This one really did spoil itself. I remember getting to a part rather early on and I was like 'well crap, I know what happened now'. I wasn't overly impressed with it either.
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    • I know right, I mean why did they chose to spoil everything at the start? I didn't feel like reading it halfway through because I knew how it was going to end.

  11. Nicely said, Jeann! I totally get your frustration with big spoiler at the beginning. It also ruins book for me when I know from the very beginning how it is all going to play out… But since I adore K.A. Tucker’s writing from her previous books, I think I am going to give this series a chance one day.
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    • Thank you Lucia, that big spoiler really ruined the book for me, frustrating *sighs* I do love her writing though.

    • No problems Pili, it definitely did villainise the husband though, which is how it made it acceptable. I totally understand, Pili <3