The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz
Published by MIRA on July 1, 2016
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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.
Witty, Entertaining and Captivating!
The Bourbon Thief is a story within a story and it was the inside saga that captured my fascination as opposed to the mystery of the bourbon thief.
“I’m a Kentucky girl,” she said with a graceful shrug.
“And bourbon’s like the truth, you know”
“The first taste burns, but once you get used to it, it’s the only thing you want in your mouth”
As the storyteller delved deeper into the story as to why an exceptionally expensive bottle of bourbon is so important to the thief, the reason for telling the story was soon forgotten. I found myself immersed in Tamarra’s life. She was a determined young lady who, when she set her mind to something, followed through on it. At times she had a naïve outlook and would get her own way through manipulating others, partially through selfishness but as she matured it was her sense of justice that guided her decisions. Whatever it was, the result was a captivating story.
This book won’t be for everyone. It has some disturbing moments. There are plot twists that had me squirming, to say the least. One in particular towards the end had me wanting to pretend I hadn’t read what I had read. Thankfully not long after, there was a change in the perspective of the story which meant it was no longer the focus. It’s important to note that the tone of the story was optimistic and told through witty and thought challenging dialogue.
The Bourbon Thief is the first book I’ve read of Tiffany Reisz’s apart from The Original Sinners series. Although this was a different genre, it still maintained the witty charm I have come to associate with Ms. Reisz’s writing. I went into this story excited and unsure. I am glad I read the story, as it took me on a journey I hadn’t been on before. It had me cringing, smiling and questioning my opinion on the various subject matters broached. While I didn’t get a book buzz, The Bourbon Thief did leave me pondering several aspects raised in the story. Books such as this are a reminder that reading is such a worthwhile past time.
Lily’s Rating: 4 Stars
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