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The Red Lotus

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  13,359 ratings  ·  2,198 reviews
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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 Sa
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by Doubleday
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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. Don’t boo! Maybe it’s 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
Holly  B

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,
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
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
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Not a favorite from this author!🙁
Alexis and Austin are enjoying an exotic vacation in Vietnam. Austin is an avid bicyclist and during a local biking tour he’s chosen to split from the group to explore some back roads alone. Well now, who doesn’t see potential big trouble coming with this scenario? And it most certainly does when he vanishes, leaving Alexis alone and desperate to find him. But perhaps there is more to why Austin disappeared? Could Alexis also be in danger if she digs too deep
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 Chris’s books! A few have been disappointing.... as this one was.

I couldn’t 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
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 that’s what Austin told Alex.

As Alex waits for Austin at the hotel in Vietnam, she becomes increasingly alarmed when his doe
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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 narrativ
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 rende
Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)

Alexis and Austin are on their first trip together in beautiful Vietnam. Though they’re 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 isn’t back hours after he should have been, Alexis starts to panic.

The police in Vietnam and the United States embassy quickly get involved when there’s still no sign of Austin. The next day, his body is found and it appears he was killed in a hit an
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 the
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 alone—and doesn’t come back. Everyone says he died in a hit and run, but Alexis has found clues that his death wasn’t accidental. The search for the truth about Austin’s death is compelling since we readers know what happen, and th
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Alexis is an emergency room doctor in a New York City hospital. One evening she treats Austin for injuries related to a bullet wound incurred at a bar. The two have never met before but he works in the same hospital. Eventually, they become romantically involved. Six months into their relationship, they go on vacation to Vietnam where Austin is planning a bike tour.

Austin takes a ride one morning to the area where his father and uncle served in the war. Alexis becomes concerned when he does not
Rats “are the most effective delivery vehicle for mass death ever to exist on earth.” Lovely! As if the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t enough to remind us of the vulnerability we humans have to novel pathogens. Bohjalian weaves the idea of biological weapons into the plot of this latest thriller—and yes, rats are involved.

Alexis Remnick is an ER doctor on a biking tour in Vietnam with her boyfriend of 6 months, Austin Harper. He is killed when hit by a car while biking up a mountain by himself. Our s
Diane S ☔
DnF @ 30% Not feeling this one. Too slow, plus character reaction bothers me. Would explain further, but it might be considered a spoiler.
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.
I received the digital arc copy of this book from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

Is life crazier than fiction? I’m not sure anymore. It’s scary that our worst fears might actually become reality. I think that’s why I could just read this book with my usual ease. The author is wonderfully talented and eloquent with his use of words. I know whenever I open one of his books I will be impressed by the extent of his research and imagination.

Alexis Remnick is an Emerg
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 hospi
Kathryn in FL
If Michael Crichton's "The Andromeda Strain" and Robin Cook's "Contagion" had a baby with multiple medical health issues that later died as a result. I think 2.5 stars is a reasonable assessment.

This was a thriller, that wasn't. At least for me, it lacked intensity even though there were intense moments. At the heart, it had flawed plot development; the set-up for the plot just seemed quite implausible and its progression lacked any sense of being authentic. Another problem was the flat
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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
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
What I like about Chris Bohjalian is that his books always surprise me, both with their varying themes and the tremendous amount of research he puts into every single story. This was a little slow moving at first and subjects like rats and potential pandemics were not what I was expecting from a title as lovely as The Red Lotus -- nor what I wanted to read about at this particular time. But I love the way this man writes and I found it captivating. The characters didn't capture me as I would hav ...more
Jordan (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! ...more
Alexis is an emergency room doctor in New York; it is there that she meets her future boyfriend, Austin, who happens to work at the hospital in development. Austin comes in with a bullet wound, received in a freak accident at a bar. Six months later, the pair heads to Vietnam as a part of a bike tour. Austin also wants to visit the site where his father and uncle fought in the war. But Alexis waits futilely for Austin to return from his bike ride. The story is that he was killed on his bike in a ...more
Connie G
Alexis met Austin when she treated him for a bullet wound in the emergency room, and they soon became a couple. Austin worked at the same New York City hospital as a fundraiser. Austin, an avid biker, asked Alexis to go with him on a bike tour in Vietnam where he wanted to visit some sites where his father and his uncle had served during the war. He went off alone one day on his bike to honor his relatives, but never returned to the resort where the bike tour was staying. Alexis and the tour gui ...more
♥ Sandi ❣
3.75 stars

One of the things I really enjoy about Bohjalians's books is that they are always so different and all are so well researched. You are never sure what topic he will be writing about next.

Normally I am very fond of Bohjalian's topics and story lines. However in this book, not so much! There is an animal in this book that I don't particularly care for and it was written about over and over again. Don't get me wrong, the mention of this animal was pertinent to the story, it just gave me
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 N
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hello everyone! I’ve been so behind reviewing the books !! But life gets busy out of nowhere!!

The book starts off well and just keeps going. It really kept me turning the pages. An ER doctor is in Vietnam on a biking tour with her boyfriend, whom she has only known for a few months. He goes off alone one day and she is waiting his return. And waiting and waiting. It soon becomes clear something is wrong, and she has to face the fact that her sweet, charming boyfriend may have had some dark secr
Apr 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 50 pages. I could not get into this. To me, the story was unbelievable and the characters poorly developed, if at all. It was my first book by this author. It might be my last.

I won this in a GR Giveaway.
Lisa Wolf
I got completely hooked by this medical thriller and couldn't put it down! For whatever reason, I started reading The Red Lotus expecting more of a connection to the Vietnam War -- and while there is a connection, it's not the main focus of the story.

I enjoyed the characters, the intricate plot, and the growing sense of unease and then danger as the main character digs and digs into the mystery of what happened to her deceased boyfriend, and why he lied to her. There are some disturbing elements
Jamie Rosenblit
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 ge
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