Review: Santino Hassell – Insight (Community #1)

Author: Santino Hassell
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Fantasy Paranormal

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


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.


This story is so complex that it’s difficult to write a review. In a nutshell, Nate Black is an empath who comes from a family of psychics in a rural area of Texas. When he learns his twin has died in New York City and then has visions of his death by drowning that seem to indicate he did not commit suicide, as reported, he heads to the city to find out for himself. Hitching a ride with a really nice guy named Trent who’s heading back to the city from California on his college break seems like a good idea. He got good “empathic” vibes from Trent, but little did he know that Trent would someday become the most important person in his life.

Shy and awkward, Nate nevertheless plans to hit the city and go with his gut to track down his brother’s killers. And as unlikely as it seems, Trent is willing to stick with him. They’ve grown close during the week they’ve spent together and Trent is head-over-heels attracted to the slight man. That Nate manages to make a connection that leads him to the band his brother played in and the club where they most often played is a bit of a stretch, given the size of NYC, but it works in this story and what they discover is a huge, complex, far-reaching network of psychics—the Community.

Without going into full details, suffice it to say there’s danger from more than one person involved and there’s mystery, intrigue, hair-raising moments, murder and mayhem. If you like a really complicated story, with tons of psychic visions—both precog and postcog—and MM romance, of course, this one should hit the spot.

I must say that the mind that created this story must be even more amazing and complex than those of the characters in the book. Compliments to Santino Hassell for another outstanding series. Onward to the next one!


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