Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Straight Reading from the Library: The Brotherhood by Daithi Kavanagh

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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.

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.

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


This book is the second in the series, but can be easily read as a standalone. I know, because that's what I did. However, one thing it did do is pique my interest in the first book (which I have already bought).

Although marketed as a crime thriller, it also has a strong romantic presence in the on-and-off again relationship with Helen. It's fast paced and has a slew of supporting characters I hope to see more of (I'm thinking most of them were in the first book as well). It's set up so it could be a long-running series and I hope the author pursues that.

The Brotherhood is a shadowy organization in this book. You don't really get a feel for them--that would be my only criticism. In my opinion, the book would be a little more solid had there been more detail given to the "bad guys." We get a few point of view chapters from various members and then, towards the end, from the "big guy"--but I didn't really feel the horror at them and their activities I felt I should have.

Against that, though, is the very positive characterization you get--I really like the characters: Tadhg, Carter, Simon, and Rory. I'm looking forward to getting to know them better in subsequent books. I also hope Tadhg and Helen get together (although their on/off relationship does reveal a lot of Tadhg's character).

As I was reading this, I was put in mind of a BBC mini-series and could see this easily being made into a film. I would watch it! I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. 3.5 stars.

She knew nothing of the white van that pulled up behind her, until the two men grabbed her and bundled her into the back of it. She’d been jogging along the road, with her headphones on listening to Mumford and Sons. At first she’d thought it was a prank being carried out by some of her friends. But, as the van tore along the narrow road at top speed and she found herself being tossed from side to side, she knew something much more sinister was unfolding and started to scream. Suddenly the van took a sharp left. She fell and smashed her face against the side panelling. Then she could feel it being driven down a long pebbled lane. She stared at her headphones, the music still blaring, lying on the floor of the van. She cursed herself for not listening to her parents who had begged her to bring her mobile phone.


Daithi Kavanagh is 57 years old and lives with his wife and two teenage children in Trinity, Wexford. Up to 2012 when the recession hit Ireland he was making a living as a musician. He then went back to adult education and completed his Leaving Certificate in 2014. He is now studying for a degree in Culture and Heritage Studies at Wexford Campus.

While he was studying he began writing The Gun which is the first book in The Tadhg Sullivan Series. His second book in the series called The Brotherhood was released in May 2015. He is currently working on the third book in the series.

He plays guitar and sings in many of the pubs in his hometown of Wexford where he is often joined by his two children Ella and Rory who play fiddle and flute.

In his spare time he likes to walk his two dogs with his wife Caroline.


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  1. Thank you Judith for hosting my book The Brotherhood today and thank you for your review. I'm looking forward to answering some questions today! Daithi

  2. I liked the review and excerpt.

  3. Thanks for sharing your review and the excerpt. I'm looking forward to reading this book.

  4. Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

  5. Enjoyed the review, sounds like an interesting read. Entering under the name of Virginia

  6. Enjoyed the review, sounds like an interesting read. Entering under the name of Virginia

  7. thanks for the chance!