WHY I READ IT
Received ARC from author.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
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.
What if someone you loved was about to leave their life of sadness and abuse to be with you? Only to be beaten up and left for dead with no memory of you or your past together? Would you want to tell them about it right away? Would you want them to remember on their own? Or would you not want them to remember at all? That happens to Alex and it’s the situation that Jesse finds himself in. The love of his life was supposed to be living the exact life that she was now, but with him. She just doesn’t remember.
Alex (renames herself Water) may not remember Jesse but there is something about him…and she is definitely attracted to him. Jesse doesn’t want to push her to remember but he can’t seem to stay away from her either. And soon enough they start a new relationship.
Although this mostly a love story between Alex and Jesse, we see “Water” form new relationships. Especially with Jesse’s parents and sister. She also forms an unlikely friendship and bond with Jesse’s neighbor, Ginny, who she is staying with. They are actually really good for each other having both been in similar situations in the past. Ginny, who is certainly set in her ways, definitely comes out of her shell with the help of Alex. She becomes family to Alex.
But what will happen when she finds out who she really is? Will she forgive everyone, especially Jesse, for keeping this from her?
K. A. Tucker is a great story teller and the “then” and “now” style really worked for this book. I was pulled into the book from the very beginning and it was hard to put down. It is only the second book that I have read of K. A. Tucker’s, but I will definitely be reading more.
“He said the truth is like 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.”