Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
You are probably already aware that I have a complete paranoid phobia about *shudders* snakes. So as you can imagine Medusa is like the worst possible nightmare for me, in fact I’ve had more than my fair share of Medusa themes nightmares. So you could have bowled me over with a feather when I actually started to feel sympathy for a ‘creature’ that has a head full of snakes and can turn people to stone just by looking at them. I know, colour me shocked.
Heather Lyons does a fantastic job of making Medusa into a wonderful, caring girl as opposed to the monster of my nightmares. Unfairly cursed by the gods after being violated by Poseidon, Medusa accepts her punishment with grace, the kind of selflessness that is rare. She torments herself with her victims, suffering from guilt and nightmares due to something beyond her control. She cares for the statues of her ‘victims’ have become making sure they are clean and well placed on the tiny island that is her prison. Now you can see what I mean when I say it’s impossible not to like the Medusa, Heather Lyons has created.
Medusa’s only friends are a blind man and Hermes. Although it is obvious from the very beginning that Hermes cares deeply for Medusa. Something she is unwilling to acknowledge having lived in such seclusion and hurt. The simple acts of kindness Medusa is shown touch not only her heart but the readers alongside her. You rail against the unfairness and actually want to protect Medusa from feeling anymore pain.
The plot progression was outstanding weaving the characters of the Greek Gods in a unique and relatable way. Including a wonderful twist on the Hades and Persephone myth as well as the Grim Reaper. Although, it is Medusa’s character development that really shines through the narrative. Learning to relate to people and take care of herself, adjusting to life, love and family; Medusa never loses her innate caring qualities and it is this that endears her to all around her.
I absolutely adored the plot twists that Heather threw into the mix, completely unexpected and most definitely fantastic.
On the whole, The Deep End of the Sea blends smexy romance with mythology creating a wonderful sob filled swoon fest. If you enjoy twists on mythological tales be sure to pick this one up, you won’t regret it.