Time for another book review!
This time, I am sharing this book review, not because the author, Heather Lyons, is one of my favorites. I'm not writing this review because this book burrowed it way straight into the center of my heart. I'm not even writing this book review because I received an ARC copy and therefore had an agreement to do so. In fact, this book was published a little over two years ago. No, dear readers. I am writing this review because I NEED to. I need to share this book with as many people as I possibly can. Everyone needs to read this book, but I will get to why in a moment.
What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?
Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.
But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.
On the surface, The Deep End of the Sea is a love story mixed with a coming of age tale, wrapped up in mythology and legend. Just for fun, we throw in a bit of scorned woman and add a dash of mystery for fun. Top it all off with a twisted surprise ending, that not even I saw coming, and there you have The Deep End of the Sea. At its core, however, this book is about assault, rape culture, and victim blaming. Ms. Lyons captures Medusa's feelings as a survivor of assault in a poignant, thoughtful manner that cuts you straight to the core. Those that have never been in Medusa's position will not understand her feelings, but those that have will relate to her as if she has been our closest friend our entire lives.
This relation, these thoughts and feelings Medusa has, is exactly why I think everyone should read this book. If you are a woman or know a woman, read it. According to RAINN (www.rainn.org), one in six women in the U.S is a victim of sexual assault, and one in fifteen men. Do you know six women? Chance are that one of them is a victim, and even better the chances are that at some point, she had the same feelings as Medusa on the topic.
Read this book, please. Be better people. Love each other. Thank Heather for putting into words what so many women cannot, and for finding justice for one.