The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz
From the internationally celebrated author of the Original Sinners series comes a brand-new tale of betrayal, revenge and a family scandal that bore a 150-year-old mystery
When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it’s to discover he’s been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it’s property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris.
In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.
Cooper McQueen recently purchases the very first and last remaining bottle of bourbon from the Red Thread Distillery. But after a one night stand, he waked to catch Paris Christie trying to steal the bottle claiming it is hers. So, Paris agrees to tell the story of the Red Thread distillery.
It is late 1970s and Tamara Maddox has just turned 16. Tamara is the heir to the Red Thread distillery but she is more interested in getting the attention of Levi Shelby, the stable hand. What follows is the history of the Red Thread Distillery and how Tamara fits into the family business and how she becomes the downfall of the distillery.
This is an amazing story. Just following the Maddox family could be made into a day time drama with all of the power, corruption, love, hatred, revenge, scandal, and everything in between. It is definitely hard to give a description of the book without giving too much of it away. But I will say this, just when you think you couldn’t be more shocked the ending will leave you speechless.
I have not read any other Tiffany Reisz books. But after reading The Bourbon Thief I will definitely will be checking them out.
I received The Bourbon Thief for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.