The Red Lotus

The Red Lotus

A Novel

Book - 2020 | First edition.
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"Alexis and Austen met on a Saturday night. Not in a bar, but instead in the emergency room where Alexis sutured a bullet wound in Austen's arm. Six months later, on the brink of falling in love, they travel to Vietnam on a bicycling tour so that Austen can show her his passion for cycling and so that he can pay his respects to the place where his father and uncle fought in the war. But as Alexis sips white wine and waits at the hotel for Austen to return from his solo ride, two men emerge from the tall grass and Austen vanishes into thin air. The only clues he leaves behind are two bright yellow energy gels dropped in the dirt road. As Alexis grapples with this bewildering loss, navigating the FBI, Austen's prickly family, and her colleagues at the hospital, Alexis uncovers a series of strange lies that force her to wonder: Where did Austen go? Why did he really bring her to Vietnam? And how much danger has he left her in? Set amid the adrenaline-fueled world of the emergency room, The Red Lotus is a fascinating story of those who dedicate their lives to saving people, and those who instead peddle death to the highest bidder."--
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780385544801
Branch Call Number: BOHJA
Characteristics: 383 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 08, 2020

It's one thing to keep the reader guessing, but after finishing this novel, I'm still trying to figure out what the villains were trying to accomplish. The ending seemed rushed and nonsensical, as if the author changed his mind or something. Can't recommend and unlikely to read more by this writer.

Jun 02, 2020

The Red Lotus has some interesting ingredients to the story "recipe". Time, location, characters, events, etc. The recipe just didn't stand out. I wouldn't serve it to guests or put it on my favorites list.

May 06, 2020

I zipped right through The Red Lotus after a bit of a slow start. It has a well thought out suspenseful plot and seemed to be well-researched. The information about Vietnam was interesting and the subject of pandemics and biological weapons was, unfortunately, timely, It was a little bit too third person for me to feel really connected to the characters, almost like a journalist was reporting what each person was thinking and feeling.
Final verdict: a good read.

Mar 22, 2020

A very readable book, but perhaps with the current COVID-19 pandemic it is a little too frightening to read. ER Doctor Alexis and her boyfriend who works in the marketing division of her hospital go to Vietnam for a biking holiday. While there her boyfriend dies in what looks like a suspicious mountain accident. Returning to New York City, Alexis engages the help of a PI who is a retired cop. It turns out the death of her boyfriend is horribly sinister and involves the secret selling of a new strain of plague. Please remember that in my reviewing, three stars is perfectly acceptable reading. The more I read the more I save my 4 and 5 star reviews for outstanding reading.

debwalker Mar 20, 2020

Trigger warning for rat phobics! That aside, rave reviews for what happens when your boyfriend goes missing during a bicycle tour in Vietnam...................

Mar 15, 2020

Peril. Pathogens. Pandemic. The plot of this new thriller from Chris Bohjalian is timely and terrifying. A man disappears during a bike ride in Vietnam. His girlfriend finds herself alone in Vietnam with more questions than answers. She goes to the morgue to identify his dead body and notices an unusual puncture wound on the back of his right hand. The mystery continues once she is back in the states. Was his death really an accident? Has her boyfriend been lying about his past? Why was there a paper about rats and pathogens in his apartment? She hires a private detective and does not realize that her movements are being closely monitored. Meanwhile, back in Vietnam decisions the boyfriend made while in country have dire consequences. The pacing was a bit slow in the middle, but I still found this to be a relevant and somewhat alarming read.

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