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We’re delighted to be on tour sharing Laura’s thoughts for Sacrificing Starlight by David Pipe.

Time’s running out for DCI Hunter. His wife and child are missing, perhaps even dead. Unable to pursue those responsible he’s transferred to the wild landscape of Cornwall where another child has disappeared.

Alice Trevelyan’s father has his own agenda and wants retribution for the loss of his little girl and metes out his own violent justice.

Will Trevelyan help or hinder?

Hunter has to make his move if he wants to save Starlight.

But can anyone in this remote location be trusted?

Book cover for Sacrificing Starlight by David Pipe.

Sacrificing Starlight by David Pipe is published by Widminster Books and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.

Review

Sacrificing Starlight is a fast paced book with a dark plot and graphic scenes.  

A young child is found dead on the beach and the first assumption of accidental death is challenged by marks on her body. This book portrays the dark realities of society with child abuse and paedophilia.   DCI Hunter is transferred to Cornwall to find a missing child, whilst worrying about his own missing wife and child. Trevelyan is seeking justice for his own child. Both characters have their own journey in dealing with their loss by fighting against people with responsibility who abuse their power.  

I liked that this book was fast paced and I enjoy a crime thriller, however I struggled with a few of the brutal descriptions.

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David Pipe was born in 1949 in a small Essex village. He attended a local grammar school then the University of Hull where he took a B.Sc in chemistry. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry in England and South Africa before studying for a PhD in organic chemistry at Imperial College. After spells at universities in Geneva and Mulhouse he joined the oil industry in Germany where, aged 53, he gratefully took a redundancy package. Following a period of self-employment he wound down his business, eventually giving it up to scratch the writing itch which has produced Sacrificing Starlight, a timely reminder of the risks our children face and Henry’s Tale, where ghostwriting for his furry friend he describes the emotional growth of a puppy on the rollercoaster of life, compressed into a few weeks because puppies learn faster than their staff.

When he’s not writing David spends his time travelling, reading, swimming and jogging. He is married and lives in Hamburg with his wife and their Border terrier Henry.


I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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