TITLE: The Red Lotus
AUTHOR: Chris Bohjalian
PUB. YEAR: 2020SETTING: NYC and Vietnam
FORMAT: eGalley/audio combo
RATING: - 4/5
The Red Lotus shows readers the dark side of a relationship, one built on lies and evil.
Alexis is an Emergency Room doctor in NYC. One night in walks Austin, an avid cyclist, with a gunshot wound to his arm. The two hit it off and after dating several months he asks her to accompany him to Vietnam for a bike tour. He says he'd also like to visit the area where is father and uncle had served during the war. After checking out the sights together, Austin heads off for a bike ride while Alexis returns to the hotel. When Austin doesn't return, authorities get involved and a search for him begins.
Alexis is not satisfied with what she has been told and her strong personality makes her desperate for answers. Why did Austin really bring her to Vietnam? What was he involved in?
This book started out a bit slow but once Austin disappeared the pace accelerated. Alexis was an interesting character, a strong character with some baggage of her own. The story definitely has a dark side to it and, getting to the truth of it all made for some interesting fiction. The audio was read by Rebecca Lowman who did a great job. I've read most every book written by this author and, although this wasn't my favorite, it was an entertaining read given our stay-at-home order.