Book Review: THE GHOST BRIDE

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“One evening, my father asked me if I would like to become a ghost bride…”

Publisher Description:

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim’s handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

My Recommendation:

Reminiscent of Dante’s Inferno, THE GHOST BRIDE takes the reader from the misty streets of nineteenth-century China to the dream-like landscape of Death, where fate for the living and those who have crossed over can be equally terrifying.

Li Lan is a complex character living in frustrating circumstances, and it is only through her courage  and determination that she is able to attempt to change her future. Nothing and no one can be trusted on this journey, and the plot is one seen through veils that must be continually peeled away, but what results is a layered work of historical fantasy that both intrigues and satisfies.

Readers drawn to the paranormal and historical will be fascinated by THE GHOST BRIDE.

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