Review: ‘Sacrificing Starlight’, by David Pipe

Sacrificing Starlight

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?

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My Review

Thanks to Rachel for arranging this blog tour and to David Pipe for sending me a copy of his novel.

Hunter has been transferred to deepest, darkest Cornwall from the Met after his wife and daughter disappear. It starts well, a young girl is found dead on a beach and another is missing, as are a string of young men on holiday in the area. Not quite the restful idyll, then. But then Hunter isn’t your average copper either. He’s there as part of a major investigation in to a child abduction and sex trafficking ring. He really can’t trust anyone.

At the same time, Ben Travelyn is searching for his missing daughter Alice. He stumbles on one of the missing young men, who gives him a clue to the girl’s location. But forces in the area are set against the grieving father and he doesn’t trust the police.

And a child is going to die at Halloween.

It’s a good premise. The descriptions of the wild Cornish coast are very atmospheric and the time limitation brings tension. The antipathy between Hunter and his colleagues, none of whom he can trust, and the lack of communication between Ben and Hunter help with this.

It was quite compelling, I read the first third in about an hour. The book does deal with some difficult topics, such as child abuse – which is described, and corruption, so you might want to watch out for that. The author is quite sensitive in his descriptions and isn’t explicit but it may still disturb. I was.

Sometimes I was a bit confused about who was speaking and things were slightly jumbled in my understanding. Some of the ‘villains’ were a bit stereotypical, but it’s a good first novel.

Author Bio –

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.

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