David Pipe, author, writer novelist, Sacrificing Starlight, Henry's Tale - UK, Germany


‘A 5 star read…a fast paced thriller with brilliant plotting and characters.
I would definitely recommend to all you thriller fans out there.’

‘Unsettling, dark, unforgiving, and chilling.’

‘A gritty crime fiction…a twisty dark and sinister read.’

‘Where have the little children gone? This book is a definite page-turner…’
Five-star Amazon review, December 2023

‘A pretty dark book that will have you crying out for justice on every page.’

‘…the plot is wonderful. It’s thrilling, gripping, and so full of grit and grime, even I shuddered a few times.’

‘A dramatic interpretation of contemporary evil.’

‘…did not hold its punches, it was hard hitting and rang true.’

‘…much more to this thrilling book than meets the eye…read it from cover to cover in a single day.’

‘Compelling, realistic and well-paced. I recommend checking it out.’

Book cover design by Jessica Bell Design

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?

Burrowing in his inside pocket he withdrew his wallet, took out a dog-eared picture and stroked Sophie’s rosy cheeks. He could hear her chuckle as she wrapped her tiny hand around his thick finger. He’d never thought much about death. Since his little Sophie disappeared he’d thought about nothing else.

Local uniforms in hi-vis jackets were sealing off the coastal path with blue and white tape. In the waiting hearse grey-suited figures were laughing, the engine idling. There were no media trucks. No satellite dishes. Not yet.

Author’s note

I first visited Cornwall during school holidays and then in 1983 got a job just outside Tintagel. While the picture postcards show sunny beaches and pretty towns and villages snuggled in between the moors, the arrival of the autumn storms makes you aware of how brutal and unforgiving the landscape can be. There is nothing crueller than the wild seas off the coast of Cornwall – nor nothing more beautiful. I hope I have captured that in my first book, Sacrificing Starlight.

The villains are people most of us might trust. They have respected positions in the community. They are wherever children can be found. As children we are taught to trust adults, from the nice old lollipop man who helps us cross the street to teachers, clerics, policemen, lawyers, judges. They have to be caught. There is no greater crime than destroying a child; body and soul.

Hunter, the main character, trusts no-one – everyone’s a suspect. Is he right to do that? We cannot live without trust, but what happens when all trust is gone?

I spent one wonderful year in Cornwall, which became the setting for Sacrificing Starlight, but in reality organised and systematic child abuse could happen anywhere…