K.A. Tucker always manages to provide an interesting plot mixed with something emotionally draining or just uncomfortable enough that your stomach never really settles while reading her stories. I always have to prepare myself mentally before reading one of her books. Burying Water continues in the same line. The main character wakes up a Jane Doe in the middle of a small town hospital. All she knows is that she was brutally beaten and a raped. While she's lucky to have survived, she also must struggle with the knowledge that she knows nothing about who she is, or how she came to be in that condition.
Burying Water was a nicely paced read that really managed to grab my attention. When it first started I was slightly confused. The story jumps back and forth between the past and the present. I don't think I would have been confused if I were reading it in book form, but since I was reading an early review copy I took a few things for granted. I'm use to a lot of weird formatting and the random word that just doesn't fit. In this case I overlooked the very simple indications of which time frame a chapter was in simply because the word started with a lower case letter. I thought it was a formatting error. After two or three chapters of slight confusion, I figured it out and was able to settle in to the story.
I really enjoyed the characters and the way Tucker brings everyone together. I even forced myself to stop reading as the climax of the book approached because I wanted to be able to finish it without any distractions or interruptions. I waited until no one was home so I could fully enjoy the story. There's a wonderful blend of hopelessness, resiliency, and strength in the story that I truly appreciated.