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The Flame Tree

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Jasmine Lian left Malaysia behind when she was eighteen and won a place at Oxford. Since then she's led a golden life: youngest ever partner in one of the most prestigious law firms in London, poised for success in every area. Then one of her clients, construction firm Jordan Cardale, bids for the grandest, most visionary project in Asia: the futuristic Titiwangsa Universi ...more
Published (first published November 1st 2005)
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Jenny Chan
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the whole, an enjoyable read. Has enough suspense and twists to keep you engrossed.

Being a "Taiping-lang" (literally "Taiping person" in the Hokkien dialect widely spoken there - meaning someone born and bred in Taiping), I'm able to envision the beauty of some of the places described. Especially, the Lake Gardens and the view from Bukit Larut. That, to me, was a bonus.
Becca Lopez Winter
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
On the whole I thought this was a very well written book, and I enjoyed the storyline. However I found the characters didn’t quite capture my attention, and it was a bit more chic lit than anything else
lynne naranek
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
This book was pretty uneven, and the characters not outstanding. The main reason anyone would read this book would be just to see how a thriller could be set in Malaysia.

The details on how behind-the-scene intimidation is carried out were interesting.... however, the main character is so unlikeable, and the flow of the tale so choppy, that I couldn't really get into the story. I kinda pushed myself to finish it so that I could get it over with.
Yun Zhen
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very exciting story, intricately woven with the dynamics of local politics, leading up to an unexpected plot twist (actually quite a few of them).

We all have our secrets to hide, sometimes for ourselves, sometimes for others. But they can only grow and fester, eventually pulling our insides apart and breaking the foundations of our interpersonal relationships.
Rachel Lewis
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
A hugely enjoyable and at times very tense story that jets between Britain and Malaysia, contrasting the life that Jasmine Lian now has, as a successful London-based corporate Lawyer and the personal and professional conflict that affects her when work for a client draws her back to her roots in rural Malaysia. Dangerous and dramatic, it was a compelling read that I devoured almost in one go.
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