From Publishers Weekly
In 1942, Japan invaded Malaya and forced many of the British expatriates living there to serve in prison camps. Though some escaped to England, others disappeared, never to be heard of again. Victor and Isabel Cartwright were among the lucky?they were evacuated with a group of other children just hours before the Japanese reached Kuala Lumpur. Thirty-one years later, caustic Victor must return to Malaya on business. He reluctantly invites spirited Isabel to come along, for, despite his belief that the past is gone, she is desperate to find traces of the parents they left behind. When Victor breaks his leg during a visit to their old house, the accident secures Isabel's belief that their parents' spirits are trying to communicate with her; and now, with Victor recuperating in the hospital, she is free to solve the familial enigma herself. Enter Oliver Bailey, Victor's colleague, who joins Isabel as she traipses from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur searching for clues. Their findings intrigue even doubtful Victor, and when a surprising character from the siblings' past reappears, the puzzle pieces start locking into place. Featuring a strong coming-of-age angle, this is a well-written, deftly structured story of cryptic family ties, from the author of Willful Neglect. Agents, Anna Cottle and Mary Alice Keir.
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Not since 1942, just moments before the Japanese invaded, had Isabel seen her first homeland of Malaya. It was also the last time she had seen her father and stepmother. Thrust into the arms of fleeing English soldiers, the young Isabel and her infant brother, Victor, were soon orphans left with a multitude of unanswered questions. Decades later, Isabel, unsettled and unfulfilled, jumps at the opportunity to return with Victor to Kuala Lumpur, where she believes she will find the explanations to the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of her loved ones. The story is lacking slightly in character and plot development, failing to conjure more than an inconsequential level of suspense. Nonetheless, Morgan's detailed narratives of exotic locales and tropical climates set a grand stage for her second novel. The House at the Edge of the Jungle
will appeal to readers who enjoy foreign travel as well as those who are fascinated by events surrounding the second World War. Toni Hyde