The Red Lotus
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 ...more
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I mostly like the slow-burn but gripping and multi POVed surprising writing style of the writer. But I had some kind of misconnection as I started flipping pages. Maybe I wanted to read something more concrete than biological war conspiracies and secrets ...more
Alexis met Austin in the ER on a Saturday night. She sutured a bullet wound in his arm and in the process learned that he also worked at the hospital but in another department. Six months later, Alexis accompanied Austin to Viet Nam on a biking tour but also for him to visit the places his father and uncle fought during the war.
But one night, Austin doesn't return from a solo ride. Unknown to her, he was approached by two men and taken. Alexis has no idea where he is ...more
After really enjoying The Flight Attendant a few years ago, I was excited to get my hands on the author's newest.
Sadly, I struggled to stay focused or engage with this one. It was definitely a slow burn and just didn't work for me. I was bored with the characters and really just wanted to finish (skimming did occur) and move on to a more entertaining and engaging novel. I actually had started reading and stopped several times before finishing. Probably would have been better to d-n-f this one, ...more
I am hit or miss with this author, I loved The Sandcastle Girls and "Midwives, some of his earlier work. This one fell short for me.
The premise of this novel is extremely relevant to our times. I will quote just a bit from the blurb from for this novel 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. This book does shine a ...more
Started it as soon as it arrived.
Gorgeous book cover! Love the man - who wrote it.
I like many of Chriss books! A few have been disappointing.... as this one was.
I couldnt stay interested in the storytelling - my mind drifted - I was bored...
not even a bike - a bike jersey- or cycling - could spark a twinkle out of me.
Dull.... very dull!
Note: quick-to-the-point reviews from me for the next few weeks ...
Paul and are in the heat of concerns due to ...more
I originally thought I had never read anything written by Chris Bohjalian but then it dawned on me I read Midwives many, many years ago. (Thanks Oprah for the recommendation!) And since I enjoyed The Red Lotus and that book, I need to make sure next time I don't let twenty years go by in between reading his books.
Alexis is working as an emergency room doctor when she meets a man named Austin. He arrives at the hospital with a bullet wound in his arm, she fixes him up, and soon after ...more
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DNF @ p.100
I read one hundred pages of this, hoping it would grab me-- but it never did. Alexis and Austin met in the ER when Alexis removed a bullet wound from Austin's arm. Six months later and they are dating and going on vacation to Vietnam to bicycle, and then Austin is accosted by strange men in the wilderness and disappears. Alexis is in her hotel room, fretting and drinking wine, when she finds out that he's missing.
The narrative ...more
Alexis and Austin are on their first trip together in beautiful Vietnam. Though theyre on a bike tour with a group of tourists, Austin chooses to go it alone one day to pay homage to his uncle and father who served in the country. When he isnt back hours after he should have been, Alexis starts to panic.
The police in Vietnam and the United States embassy quickly get involved when theres still no sign of Austin. The next day, his body is found and it appears he was killed in a hit and run ...more
Alexis is an ER doc who follows her boyfriend of six months to Viet Nam, where his uncle was killed and his father shot. Austin is huge into cycling, so they go to Nam via a bike trip. One day Austin goes aloneand doesnt come back. Everyone says he died in a hit and run, but Alexis has found clues that his death wasnt accidental. The search for the truth about Austins death is compelling since we readers know what happen, and the ...more
Alex, an ER doctor meets Austin for the first time on a Saturday night when he is brought into the emergency room with a bullet in his arm. Six months later they travel to Vietnam together, on a bike tour so the Austin can pay his respects to the place where his father and uncle fought in the Vietnam war. At least thats what Austin told Alex.
As Alex waits for Austin at the hotel in Vietnam, she becomes increasingly alarmed when his does ...more
A young ER doctor goes to Vietnam with her boyfriend on a biking trip. What should be beautiful and restful quickly begins to unravel when Alexis boyfriend disappears. Alexis earns about his lies and soon there is a trail of death surrounding this visit.
As she returns to NYC, more pieces click into place as she begins to put together mysterious happenings right in her own ...more
Three things make this book exceptional, and more than an ordinary thriller. The first is the setting, as much of the novel takes place in Vietnam -- which is ...more
Engaging if not a bit ...more
A timely global thriller that hits all the right notes in the current atmosphere -- basically it's a suspenseful story about a plague bacteria carried by rats. So, if you are triggered by reading about rats, you definitely are going to want to avoid this. There's a lot of detail.
But, back to the story. A young man, Austin Harper, works at a large university hospital in ...more
What starts out as an accidental death and a strange ER visit, turns into a plague spread by rodents in Bohjalian's latest novel. ER Doc Alexis is investigating the death of her boyfriend Austin on a biking trip in Vietnam - but some of the things Austin had told Alexis don't quite add up...and now that Austin is dead, Alexis is determined to find out what went wrong, but her discoveries may bring her to places she doesn't really want to go.
The Red Lotus took me a very long time to ...more
Bohjalian has a knack for pulling ...more
I was definitely losing interest and rushing to finish. There were parts that felt excessive and some of the plot lingered too long for me. I was skimming through many chapters during the middle of the book.
This isnt your page turning, jaw dropping thriller novel. I felt like I was reading more of a crime investigation than anything. The plot was interesting up until halfway through the book. ...more
Do I have your attention now? Ok, good. The Red Lotus brought out my inner hypochondriac (think Stations Eleven) and I will never look at a rat the same ever. I share the city with them and pay them no mind, ...more
Ive never read the author before. Had I done so, I might have had different expectations from this book. It was described as twisting and a thriller. It wasnt described as slow.
Dear Lord, this was slow.
Thriller kicks in about halfway through the book, and even then its rarely thrilling. There were few moments when I cared about the main character. I did love the detective who pops into the book later. He was the only one I was concerned about.
The basic plot is interesting enough that I kept ...more
This book is what I like to call a smart thriller. The topic at hand is well researched and attempts to explain something that we often fear but dont know a ton about. The build-up was slow and quite honestly, I wasnt sure it would keep my interest but I hung in there and Im so glad I did. Things picked up around 30% and then it was another unputdownable story for me. The protagonist is relatable and not some whiny ...more
I think my expectations were too high for this one, or I wasn't in the "mood" for it, because it really fell flat for me. I couldn't figure out what genre it was and I had NO idea the plot would be all about Rats. I also didn't connect with ...more
As my first book by this author, I finally got to see his writing style, and that alone was one of my favorite things about this book.
I was fascinated by the turn of events when ER doctor Alexis and her boyfriend Austin take a trip to Vietnam, but what should have been a fun vacation lead to a mysterious death of her boyfriend.
The slow burn style of this story took me awhile to really grasp what was going on and to feel much of a connection with the ...more
His new novel about a deadly pathogen, The Red Lotus, was just published -- 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 ...more