The Red Lotus

The Red Lotus

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Flight Attendant comes a twisting story of love and deceit: an American man vanishes on a rural road in Vietnam and his girlfriend, an emergency room doctor trained to ask questions, follows a path that leads her home to the very hospital where they met. The first time Alexis saw Austin, it was a Saturday night. Not in a bar, but in the emergency room where Alexis sutured a bullet wound in his arm. Six months later, on the brink of falling in love, they travel to Vietnam on a bike tour so that Austin can show her his passion for cycling and 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 him to return from his solo ride, two men emerge from the tall grass and Austin vanishes into thin air. The only clue he leaves behind is a bright yellow energy gel dropped on the road. As Alexis grapples with this bewildering loss, navigating the FBI, Austin's prickly family, and her colleagues at the hospital, Alexis uncovers a series of strange lies that force her to wonder: Where did Austin go? Why did he really bring her to Vietnam? And how much danger has he left her in? Set amidst the adrenaline-fueled world of the emergency room, The Red Lotus is a global thriller about those who dedicate their lives to saving people, and those who peddle death to the highest bidder.
Publisher: 2020.
ISBN: 9780385544818
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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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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