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The Red Lotus

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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
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Published March 17th 2020 by Doubleday
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    The Red Lotus
    Release date: Mar 17, 2020
    THE RED LOTUS promises to be both the novel for our times and a novel for all time. PW calls it diabolical. Kirkus calls it tantalizing. Booklist ...more

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    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
    Another limbo book moving back and forth between 3 and 4, but this time, my 3.5 stars are going to be rounded down to 3. Dont boo! Maybe its because of my mood to read something more reliable with more likable characters easy to resonate with.

    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
    Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    You think you know someone...

    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
    Holly  B
    Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was ok

    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,
    Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    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
    Elyse  Walters
    I pre paid for this novel many months ago ...
    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
    Katie B
    3.5 stars

    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
    Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

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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
    Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: giveaways-arcs

    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
    Theresa Alan
    Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
    I liked The Flight Attendant, but this novel fell short for me.

    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
    Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A dramatically chilling, tension-filled page-turner.

    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
    Jennifer Blankfein
    With today's coronavirus outbreak, and the Year of the Rat, this fiction book seemed more relevant than I could have hoped! Enjoyable, fast paced and engaging, Chris Bohjalian always delivers. Full review to come on Book Nation by Jen.
    Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is exactly what a great mystery should be. It is exciting, well-researched, engaging and IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN.

    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
    Stephen Kiernan
    Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Perhaps Chris Bohjalian's best thriller ever, this novel starts with a simple missing person situation and grows into an international biological warfare tangle. It is a terrific read, with suspense like something out of Hitchcock, surprises for characters and readers alike, and one of the nastiest bad guys I've encountered in years.
    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
    Infectious disease, animal/human transmissibility, threat of pandemic, conspiracy, the world could end with one sneeze...oh and rats. Lots and lots of rats. The timing of this book's release will be positive or negative depending on each individual reader. For me, let's just say it wasn't fun. I needed an escape, not to be thrown into an equally threatening world. But this was out of the author's control, so I now discuss (and rate) the book apart from reader circumstance.

    Engaging if not a bit
    Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
    "...[he] would be called, with the gallows humor of the beleaguered who fear that death is but a sneeze distant, the Rat King."

    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
    Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arcs
    3.5 stars!

    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
    Bam cooks the books ;-)
    Chris Bohjalian has written a gripping thriller about a timely subject--a pathogen that could cause a pandemic. Alexis, an ER doctor from Manhattan, is traveling in Vietnam on a bike tour with her boyfriend Austin when he disappears. Later when his body is found, it looks like he has met with a tragic accident, but Alexis is not quite ready to believe that and hires a private investigator to look into the mystery. It appears Austin may have been lying all along.

    Bohjalian has a knack for pulling
    Review to come, but quickly: very interesting and original plot, but the pacing is much, much slower than I would have liked.
    Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
    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 ...more
    Jessica Clark
    Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Thrillers usually take me a day or two to finish, but this one took me a full week just to push through.

    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.
    Jordy’s Book Club
    QUICK TAKE: went into this one with zero expectations and was pleasantly surprised. what you think is a missing person mystery quickly transitions into a global conspiracy thriller. The characters are sharp and well-written and the book moves at a quick clip. Fair warning: rats play a prominent role in the story, so if you're turned off by that, I'd avoid this one. Otherwise, definitely worth checking out!
    Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    I read most of the book while commuting on the PATH train and let me tell you, there was this one scene I couldnt get to my office fast enough to wash my hands for what felt like 10 minutes. The dude next to me had both hands on the pole and I wanted to warm him of the germs on that thing!

    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,
    Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it

    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
    Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
    I had high hopes for this one but unfortunately, it fell a little flat for me. I alternated between fully engaged and fully bored throughout this whole book. I never really got invested in the characters, which is why I think I didnt love it. This was a slow burn until the final epic showdown. The middle lagged and the ending was wrapped up very quickly. This was a medical thriller with an exotic location. As always, the author depicts a setting in exquisite detail. I enjoyed the twists and the ...more
    Jessica Strawser
    Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This read, with its plot delving into the horrific possibilities of a brewing pandemicended up being too timely for comfort, but I still enjoyed it immensely, due wholly to Chris Bohjalian's masterful writing. The voice gripped me from the opening, and what unfolded was a mystery that started personal and took on universal, chilling importance. I related to the isolation of a tragedy far from home, to the intensity behind the scenes in the ER, to the very real and complicated strains and bonds ...more
    Laura Rash
    Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This was a really good and intense read. Im kind of late getting to CB work but Im really enjoying his writing style and storylines. ...more
    Basic B's Guide
    Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Another solid #mysterybookclub pick. Thanks for having me along for the ride!

    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
    Hannah Grace || BookNerdNative
    More of a 2.5 star read for me, honestly. I enjoyed this mystery enough to see it through to the end, but the mystery itself did not stick out to me. I think what served this book the best was the multiple POV stories weaved throughout that added more complex elements to the mystery plotline. The protagonist herself was fairly dull, and honestly quiet emotionally detached and socially incompetent in my personal opinion. The plot twists were given away throughout the narrative in a way that did ...more
    emily • webookedup
    Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: 2020-books
    This was my first book by Chris Bohjalian, but I heard great things about this one + his past work (especially the Flight Attendant), so I was eager to pick it up! Thank you to Netgalley and Doubleday books for sending this my way to read and review early.

    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
    Laura • lauralovestoread
    3.5 stars for The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian!

    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
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