When I heard this book takes place in Oregon I knew I wanted to read it. It wasn’t until I cracked open the book that I realized it dealt with a girl who has amnesia. I’m not a fan of books that deal with amnesia but this book is the exception. It’s true, what they say about writing and storytelling skills making all the difference in a story -> if it will excel or fail. Not once during this story did I regret reading it. I was compelled to keep flipping pages.One thing I appreciated about “Burying Water” is the way the story unfolded. It wasn’t a story about the reader discovering the mystery on how Water ended up with amnesia but instead a story of how she unravels the mystery behind what happened to her. As a reader we know ‘who’ and we have an idea of ‘why’ she has amnesia and our part in the story was to watch Jesse andWater fall in love twice. Once in the past and the other in the current time frame.
The story is told with Jesse narrating the past events and Water narrating the present events. One chapter we are in the past and the next we are in the present. The past and present povs transition smoothly.
Water is left for dead in a rural area in the high desert of Oregon. She’s been raped, beaten and disfigured. When she comes to in the hospital no one has claimed her. Abandoned and alone Water has to start a new life. One where she must trust the kindness of strangers. As a survivor she quickly learns to thrive in her new environment.
Burying Water is a darker tale about the power of love. For those movie buffs -> think of a darker, deeper love story of “50 First Dates” (circa 2004). I love that movie because it was funny and showed how far a guy in love would go for the girl he loved. Same basic concept but done in a darker love story where the guy is willing to risk it all for the one who has captured his heart. *happy sigh* I love stories like that where the hero is totally devoted to his girl. When you need a more complex love story read this one.
On a side note, if you come to Oregon to visit make sure to visit Sisters and Bend. While in Sisters earlier this summer we decided to take a family picture with the mountains in the background when a wildfire broke out (wildfires are common in Oregon). Plumes of brown smoke started filling the sky. The next thing we heard was the sirens from the firetrucks tearing down the streets. A total of 6,908 acre were on fire and the sky was a bright orange. Below is a cool wedding picture taken with the wildfire in the background. It made national news so you may have already seen it.
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.
She has come a long way from working in crayon. All four books (ANATHEMA, ASYLUM, ALLEGIANCE and ANOMALY) in her best selling YA Paranormal Fantasy series – Causal Enchantment- are available now.
Her USA Today best selling New Adult Contemporary, TEN TINY BREATHS–originally self-published–was acquired by Atria Books (a division of Simon & Schuster), and is available now, along with subsequent books in the series: ONE TINY LIE, FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE, FIVE WAYS TO FALL. The prequel novella, IN HER WAKE, will be available September 2014. Her next project, BURYING WATER, will be out in October 2014 from Atria Books.
K.A. is a voracious reader and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.