The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons
This book BLEW. ME. AWAY. I know this book only came out a few months ago, but I am bewildered that this book isn’t a phenomenon online, because it really is that wonderful!
A modern day retelling of the Greek myth of Medusa, we discover that after suffering at the hands of someone she had trusted, Medusa is betrayed by the god she worshiped and cursed into being a monster. For over 2,000 years Dusa has remained isolated on an island, tortured by the guilt of accidentally killing men who came to slay her when she accidentally met their eyes.
“I am a monster. The worst kind of monster. The kind that people have told stories about for thousands of years. The kind that daredevils will seek out, even though many believe I’m nothing more than a myth.”
Dusa’s only solace is the visits from her friend Hermes, who desperately wants to right the wrongs done to Dusa by his family.
“My best friend is beautiful. I am so, so incredibly fortunate he never allowed me to push him away. I do not know what I would do without him.”
Medusa is one of my favorite female characters I’ve read in a long time. She is so strong to have lived 2,000 years suffering at the hands of Athena and Poseidon, and while she may be physically weak at times, she always gets back up and fights in the only ways she knows how to. While she often looks back at her life with some regret and sadness, she never, ever came across as whiny to me. Bravo Ms. Lyons for managing to create a lady we can all look up to, and one who doesn’t whine her way through her hardships but deals with them the best way she can.
The love story between Hermes and Medusa is one of the sweetest love stories I have ever read. Hermes is one of the best book boyfriends I have read. A Hermes fan club was mentioned, and I want to know… where I can sign up?!
“‘I adore you’ he whispers hoarsely. ‘There’s only ever been you for me.'”
“I love you. Do you understand that? I love you. That is not going to change, not ever. When we finally fall in love, it’s forever love. Even if you decide one day that you do not love me anymore, I will still always feel this way for you.”
Athena’s unjust actions toward Medusa is a perfect example of rape culture and how people often turn the victims of rape into monsters; in this case, literally so. I was especially sickened by Poseidon’s actions and further more creeped out when he truly believed that he and Medusa were lovers. To me he represented the ways of the past when people thought actions like his were okay, taking away the choices of women because they thought they knew what was best for them.
Overall I was enraptured by this book and couldn’t put it down. This is one of those special books in this genre that doesn’t come around very often, so I implore you, read this. You won’t regret it.
Lastly, one of my all time favorite quotes from this book:
“Change happens to us whether we like it not. Sometimes it’s for the good, sometimes for the worse, and sometimes, you have no control over it, despite just how desperate you may be to do so. Yet, it is in all our natures to try to bring about the change we wish for.”