On Sale: August 6, 2013
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Horror | Historical
"One evening, my father asked me if I would like to
become a ghost bride..."
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
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