Review: Insight by Diana Greenwood

Insight by Diana Greenwood

  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Format: Hardcover , 224pp
  • YA Fiction

Some secrets won't let you go.

Elvira Witsil lives about as far away from civilization as you can get, in a remote corner of Wisconsin where nothing much ever happens. In a house crowded with her mother, her cantankerous grandmother, and her little sister, Jessie, Elvira feels forgotten and alone.

Their house also contains numerous secrets, and Elvira's family holds their secrets closely. Secrets about the father that Jessie never knew, and that Elvira can't forget. Secrets about that day five years ago. And the one secret that Elvira can't quite understand: that Jessie sees things no one else can see.

These secrets will lead Elvira and her family on a journey far away from home---on a journey toward redemption and healing---if she can just bring herself to believe.

Review:  Imagine living in the 1940's, dirt poor in the middle of nowhere. With a mother who only notices you when you do something wrong, a grandmother who has nothing better than to constantly insult your mother for marrying your now dead father and a little sister who can see into the future. That is exactly the type of home in which Elvira Witsil grew up in.

Family secrets, loss, strained relationships all wrapped up with a small glimmer of hope.

Insight was a breath of fresh air.  I was sucked into this novel within the first few pages. Diana Greenwood did an excellent job with the character development. I especially loved being inside the head of Elvira. She was such an interesting character, there were moments where I couldn't help but laugh at some of the thoughts that ran through her mind while other times my heart just ached for her.

Jessie was another favorite of mine. For such a small child she showed more thoughtfulness and wisdom than anyone else in her family.

Insight was an all around well written novel. Full of tense drama, emotional struggles and a family's journey to grow, heal and love.


  1. I live in Wisconsin! haha. And her name is Elvira? I love Elvira. I'd love to read this one day.

  2. Good review. You made the book sound interesting although it's a little down for me right now.

  3. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. I rarely read novels set in the past, because I always just think "they're all dead now". Ye ye, imaginary people, but still. :D I need to get over it some time.

    However nice review. It does seem like an interesting book.


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