The Brotherhood (The Tadhg Sullivan Series, #2) by Daithi Kavanagh


The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

Detective Tadhg Sullivan’s life seems to be falling apart, since being shifted to Clare from Dublin after falling out with the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner. His partner (Journalist Helen Carty) has moved out, unable to live with his bouts of depression and periodic alcoholism. He finds himself once again alone in a world that doesn’t understand him.

Suddenly Sullivan is knocked out of his lethargy when a teenage girl goes missing not far from Ennis where he has been stationed. Sullivan is asked to lead the hunt by the local Superintendent and is catapulted into a world of unimaginable horror. He is confronted by Lord Charles Cromwell the leader of a sadistic cult (The Brotherhood) that derives its pleasures from the torture and murder of young women.

Sullivan’s investigation is once again hampered by political interference. As he fights his way through one bureaucratic obstacle after another he discovers that The Brotherhoods tentacles have not only reached into corridors of power in Ireland but, they are being protected by powerful politicians worldwide.

To cut through this protective ring of steel Sullivan finds himself having to engage with some strange bed fellows. Which included an ex CIA agent (Simon Horowitz) who had saved his partners life during his last investigation and an IRA leader (Rory O’Connor) who has recently been released from prison.

Will this strange combination be able to destroy The Brotherhood before their murderous reign takes another young life or will Lord Cromwell destroy Sullivan and everything he loves?

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Political
Series: The Tadhg Sullivan Series, #2
Length: 236 pages
Release date: 2015-05-20



“What will happen to the girl?”

“You two needn’t worry about the girl. I’ll look after her. They haven’t a hope of getting a warrant, but if things get too hot, I’ll have to dispose of her, and we’ll have to change the venue.


My Opinion

In this book, the readers find Garda Detective Tadhg Sullivan in county Clare, freshly separated from Helen, passing the days in relative boredom until a young girl is abducted.

With The Brotherhood, Daithi Kavanagh has created another fast-paced thriller with local flair. The story comprises a variety of nicely elaborated characters with sufficient depth and interesting interactions to solve this politically influenced gruesome case. I had a great time reading The Brotherhood – it is a very thrilling read with a great flow; it drives you head-first into the Irish life and into the horrors induced by powerful politicians. I was drawn into the story right away – nearly too close for comfort. Tadhg, Helen, Pat, Simon, and Rory are likeable characters – I am looking forward to reading more of this series.

This is for you if you like European political thrillers, likeable and interesting characters, series and – Ireland. :mrgreen:

The chilling second book in The Tadhg Sullivan series!


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast – steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😡
Sexual content 😳


About the author

Daithi Kavanagh was born in May 1958 and lives in Trinity, Wexford, Ireland with his wife and two teenage children. He has worked as a musician up until 2012 when due to the recession the work ‘dried up’. He then went back to adult education and is now studying for a degree in Irish Culture and Heritage Studies at Wexford Campus. ‘The Gun’ is his first book in ‘The Tadhg Sullivan Series’. He has just completed his second book in the series ‘The Brotherhood’ and is working on a third book.


Connect with the Author:

Amazon:  Daithi Kavanagh
Amazon UK:  buy link
Amazon US:  buy link

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Brotherhood?  Or – if you did not yet read The Brotherhood – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Book review:  The Gun by Daithi Kavanagh

10 Statements – Daithi Kavanagh





4 thoughts on “The Brotherhood (The Tadhg Sullivan Series, #2) by Daithi Kavanagh

  1. I think your five star review of the writing quality gives me a positive feeling of this second book, “The Brotherhood,” in the series. I generally am annoying and read books I find from garage sales or off library shelves, Karen. 🙂
    The other day I read a very nice poetry collection but when asked to post a review on Amazon, I was dismayed I wasn’t “allowed” because I don’t buy Amazon products or books. . .

    • Thank you very much, Robin! I am always glad to present remarkable Irish books.
      Regarding Amazon… I set up an account because I wanted to publish my reviews there as well. The condition was to buy just one item. In my case it was a Kindle version for 99 cents (I had to read it on my smartphone as I didn’t have a Kindle then). Afterwards I was allowed to publish reviews.

  2. Thank you Karen for your lovely review and for taking the time to read The Brotherhood. It is much appreciated! Daithi

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