Title: Sightlines (The Community #3)
Author: Santino Hassell
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 9 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal, Suspense
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Chase Payne is a walking contradiction. He’s the most powerful psychic in the Community, but the least respected. He’s the son of the Community’s founder, but with his tattoo sleeves and abrasive attitude, he’s nothing like his charismatic family. No one knows what to make of him, which is how he wound up locked in a cell on the Farm yet again. But this time, the only man he’s ever loved is there too.
Elijah Estrella was used to being the sassy sidekick who fooled around with Chase for fun. But that was before he realized the Community wasn’t the haven he’d believed in and Chase was the only person who’d ever truly tried to protect him. Now they’re surrounded by people who want to turn them against their friends, and the only way out is to pretend the brainwashing works.
With Chase playing the role of a tyrant’s second-in-command, and Elijah acting like Chase’s mindless sex toy, they risk everything by plotting a daring escape. In the end, it’s only their psychic abilities, fueled by their growing love for each other, that will allow them to take the Community down once and for all.
Wow, what a great nuanced ending to Santino Hassell’s The Community series. Throughout the first two books in the series, we learned about The Community – both its public face and the dark deadly evil underside. We’ve met Nate of the infamous Black family of psychics and his partner Trent; Holden, whose father started The Community, and his lover Sixtus; and now Sightlines tells Chase’s and Elijah’s story.
Chase is an incredibly talented multi who has spent most of his life at The Farm being “realigned” (read tortured) in an attempt to usurp his power. Elijah is the beautiful boy that Chase loves with everything he has, but for someone who has had everything systemically torn away from him, letting love in is almost impossible. Chase’s love for Elijah (and the resulting “concentration” of his telekinesis powers) propels the story to its conclusion, and yeah, it’s all pretty damn awesome when he brings the power.
What I particularly loved about Sightlines is there is no easy answer for what will happen to The Community. Ex-Comm wants to dismantle the Community completely, but CW has helped people in the psychic community who couldn’t help themselves or who were trapped. Is continuing The Community a necessary evil? Santino Hassell does a superlative job of showing the danger of such a organization: “The structure prevents anyone from ever democratically picking leaders, they crack down on anyone who speaks against them, they have this perfect face of how they want their organization to be viewed.” But then again, is this any different from organized religion?:
Religion was just as capable of brainwashing and indoctrinating as the Community. If people devoted their lives to something, they sometimes refused to turn their backs on it even if it meant hurting their own.
5 stars for Sightlines and 5 stars for the entire The Community series!