Insight by Santino Hassell ~ Book Review by Sadie

Title: Insight
Series: The Community, #1

Author: Santino Hassell

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: Kanaxa

Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/13/2017

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Mystery/Thriller


Growing up the outcast in an infamous family of psychics, Nate Black never learned how to control his empath abilities. Then after five years without contact, his estranged twin turns up dead in New York City. The claim of suicide doesn’t ring true, especially when a mysterious vision tells Nate it was murder. Now his long-hated gift is his only tool to investigate.

Hitching from his tiny Texas town, Nate is picked up by Trent, a gorgeous engineer who thrives on sarcasm and skepticism. The heat that sparks between them is instant and intense, and Nate ends up trusting Trent with his secrets–something he’s never done before. But once they arrive in the city, the secrets multiply when Nate discovers an underground supernatural community, more missing psychics, and frightening information about his own talent.

Nate is left questioning his connection with Trent. Are their feelings real, or are they being propelled by abilities Nate didn’t realize he had? His fear of his power grows, but Nate must overcome it to find his brother’s killer and trust himself with Trent’s heart.

My View:

This was – le gasp – my first time reading a Santino Hassell book, and I think I picked a good place to start. Insight is a cohesive mystery/romance with two likeable leads (hallelujah), no obvious plot holes, and just the right amount of twisting and turning to kick the series off and leave me wanting the next installment. I especially appreciated the nice even pacing.

I do, however, want to take a second to warn for some content not mentioned in the blurb that could be upsetting or triggering. It’s hard to be specific without entering spoiler territory, but…if you are sensitive to descriptions of incest (non-graphic) and/or dubious consent (at least two scenes, one graphic, one not) you might want to steer clear of this one. Just FYI.


Insight on Goodreads
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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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One thought on “Insight by Santino Hassell ~ Book Review by Sadie

  1. I really enjoy the books I’ve read by Santino, though I have not read Insight yet… I’m looking forward to it, though. Thank you for the review, Sadie

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