The 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.
Alexis is an ER physician. She meets Austin in the ER and they start dating. They end up on a bike tour of Vietnam. Austin disappears. This starts a whole investigation which leads to a revelation like no other!
Alexis is not to be stopped. When Austin turns up missing, she is determined to find out what happened. She hires a private investigator and he uncovers some amazing truths.
I enjoy Chris’ books. They are slow burns. Sometimes you need a change of pace. He can weave a tale and then slowly unravel it. This is one of those books.
I enjoyed the scenery and the historical perspectives about Vietnam. Plus the science…I am a science nerd and this book hit the spot! And the characters help create such a unique story..and at this day and time..it’s almost a little too real.
Need a slow burn….oh boy! You will not be disappointed with this one!
Aaaannd the rats, dear god the rats (shudders)!
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