You think you know someoneAlexis 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 You think you know someoneAlexis 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 or what happened to him, so naturally, she is extremely concerned and fears something bad has happened to him such as an accident, etc She soon learns the truth the next day But Alexis believes there isto the story which there is and won t let things go She is a doctor after all and what she sees is not consistent with what she has been told hmmm Thus, this slow burn of a story For me, this book started strong and ended strong, but the middle lagged for me I wanted to give it a little nudge or push to get it moving just a little bit faster The story was still interesting and kept me engaged albeit a slow engagement if you will I found the writing to be strong and again, enjoyed the story but the slowness of it at times really brought my enjoyment down somewhat Rats I really wanted to love this one is all I can say Thank you to Doubleday Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own 2.5 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 isto why Austin disappeared Could Alexis also be in danger if she digs too deep 2.5 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 isto why Austin disappeared Could Alexis also be in danger if she digs too deeply Oh my goodness, this book ended up to be a struggle, and seriously considered many times to DNF.The pacing was so slow and felt too drawn out I just couldn t stay focused I loved this author s previous release The Flight Attendant but sadly this one just didn t grab me in the same way Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for an ARC to read and review 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 aentertaining 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, 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 aentertaining 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, but its hard for me to give up on a book I need to work on that.I do seem to be an outlier, so please read the higher reviews before deciding if this would be a winner for you.Thanks to NG and the publisher for my review copy NOW AVAILABLE 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 NOW AVAILABLE 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 light on some extremely frightening scenarios that felt all too real at times.Alexis is an ER doctor who has fallen in love with Austin, a man whom she met in the ER when he came in for a wound in his arm Alexis is the doctor who stitched him up, he claimed that the wound was from a drunk who was wildly brandishing a loaded weapon in a bar, when it went off it hit Austin in the arm Six months later Alexis and Austin are headed to Vietnam, he told her he wanted to visit the places where his father fought as well as his uncle, who ultimately perished in the war Austin is an extremely high level cyclist who has ridden many tours and so it wasn t seen as that unusual when he decides to take the last leg of the tour in a different direction However after several hours have gone by and he doesn t return, Alexis is certain that some harm has come to him.After much searching by Alexis and others they are about ready to give up on finding Austin either alive or dead The next day they find out why he disappeared but there are so many questions about the reasons why The police in Vietnam are ready to file this case away.Alexis isn t willing to accept this answer, she is sure that there isto this story She begins to understand that there is a lot about Austin that she doesn t know He worked in the same hospital as she does but in the research lab where many experiments are performed on rats It takes a lot of detective work on her part to finally unravel all of the secrets that Austin was hiding We meet some truly despicable characters, ruthless and evil but also a PI who joins Alexis in her hunt for the truth and is there for her when she needs him most Alexis fears for her own life because of what she begins to uncover.My problem with this novel is that it is extremely slow moving Three quarters of the book is taken up with repetitive ruminations about what Alexis is thinking and doing I was 70% into the book before it really engaged me I enjoy a novel with strong characters and a plot that keeps me interested and engaged throughout.I m sure that fans of Chris Bohjalian will enjoy this novel but for me it was a mediocre read, not bad but not memorable.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss A dramatically chilling, tension filled page turner.SUMMARYAlex, 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 A dramatically chilling, tension filled page turner.SUMMARYAlex, 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 does not return from his day of cycling at the expected time He is not answering his phone and a search of his route yields little He has vanished into thin air and the only evidence were two yellow packets of energy gel, found on the road that might have belonged to Austin Alex calls the U S Embassy in Vietnam and soon discovers several lies that force her to question exactly what Alex was doing on that bike ride REVIEWOnce again, CHRIS BOHJALIAN has knocked the ball out of the park THE RED LOTUS is a dramatically chilling page turner It s well written and smartly structured with shifting points of view, that will keep you guessing till the very end Who is responsible for Austin s disappearance Why The story is tension filled, poignant and timely and I couldn t read it fast enough I was so enthralled that I read this 400 page thriller all in one day Bohjalian has a delightful knack for writing strong but vulnerable women characters, Alex s character is no different She s smart, suspicious and persistent in her search to find out what happened to Austin But she is also grieving and struggling, and all of this together makes her come alive on the pages One of my favorite things about THE RED LOTUS is on several occasions in the story Bohjalian made me want to learnabout a word, phase or topic, so I found myself googling references I absolutely love it when a book goes beyond being highly entertaining but is also unintentionally, perhaps educational as well Author CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the best selling author of 21 books including most recently The Sleepwalker 2017 and The Flight Attendant 2018 , which is being turned into a limited HBO television series staring Kaley Cuoco Thanks to Netgalley and Doubleday Books for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Publisher Doubleday BooksPublished March 17, 2020Review www.bluestockingreviews.com 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 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 to the complete lockdown of this coronavirus This is a very hard time for us right now we ve been hit hard living in a complete lockdown area no income coming in we have serious health and financial worries for our family ourselves our friends and the global world at large I just can t do business as normal right now Forgive me Wishing people good health..financial security basic comforts and needs THUMBS DOWN read 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 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 and run bike accident Alexis is an ER doctor and when she has to identify the body, she sees some indications on Austin s body that don t line up with a bike accident Back home and unable to properly mourn her boyfriend s unexpected death, Alexis starts to question that the death is accidental and takes it upon herself to investigate what really happened Super relevant and fast paced, I had a hard time putting this down I loved Alexis and the balance of her character we saw her weaknesses but she exudes a strength and power that was commendable I liked that this was a bit of a mix of thriller, mystery and sci fi and I m generally drawn to medical dramas This is definitely one to check out Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion Hours From The 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 MetThe 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 Austin S 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, And Deals With 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 3.5 starsI 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 3.5 starsI 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 they start dating About six months into the relationship they take a trip to Vietnam, where Austin wants to pay his respects to the place his father fought during the war as well as where his uncle died But after embarking on a solo bike ride, Austin goes missing On her quest to find answers, Alexis soon discovers her boyfriend might not be the most honest person in the world Alexis might be putting herself in danger if she continues to seek out the truth and uncover the lies.So first of all I would like to commend the publisher for not giving away too much in the synopsis It was nice to go into a book not knowing too much ahead of time and therefore I was actually surprised when the story took a few turns The story follows multiple characters but it s fair to say Alexis is the main character She s not my favorite female lead ever but the author did give her a bit of a backstory so that gave her some depth She just wasn t a character I particularly liked but that wasn t necessary in order to be interested in her search for the truth My only real criticism about the book is I don t think Austin was a fully fleshed out character I felt like my simple question of why was never really answered.Without giving away spoilers, this book was different from the typical missing person stories I often read It s pretty much equal parts mystery as it is thriller The author explores some frightening but yet relevant topics in the book And for that reason this book would be a decent book club pick as there s lots of things to discuss about the story Overall a good read even if I had a few problems with the characters Definitely recommend checking this one out and I look forward to reading other books by the author.Thank you to Netgalley and Doubleday for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestDNF p.100I 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 Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestDNF p.100I 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 is just so slow paced and plodding I thought the scenes with Austin were better, and somewhat chilling, but they were spaced out too much and I hated Alexis This almost reads like a debut novel because the pacing is so weird, and I was really surprised to see that the author has actually published a whole bunch of stuff besides this I guess if you re into slower mysteries, this might work for you, but I was really bored.YMMV Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 1.5 to 2 stars