The Ghost Bride - Yangsze Choo

The Ghost Bride

By Yangsze Choo

  • Release Date: 2013-08-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 235 Ratings


Yangsze Choo’s stunning debut, The Ghost Bride, is a startlingly original novel infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, and unexpected supernatural twists.

Li Lan, the daughter of a respectable Chinese family in colonial Malaysia, hopes for a favorable marriage, but her father has lost his fortune, and she has few suitors. Instead, the wealthy Lim family urges her to become a “ghost bride” for their son, who has 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 what price?
Night after night, Li Lan is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, where she must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family.

Reminiscent of Lisa See’s Peony in Love and Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Ghost Bride is a wondrous coming-of-age story and from a remarkable new voice in fiction.


  • Ghost bride

    By Theghostbride
    This is an amazing book I love it! But I hate the ending lol I want them to make another!
  • Loved it

    By TerriT83
    This was a very good book that kept me on my toes mentally. It also kept me up because I couldn't put it down.
  • The Ghost Bride

    By Pugsly36))
    Very slow-moving until 2/3 through the book when the plot accelerated. From that point on it was riveting, and I was glad I stuck with it even though there were many times before that when I was ready to give up on it.
  • Great!

    By Chamaellia
    I thoroughly enjoyed this masterpiece! If you like Lisa see's work then you'll like this book! It's easy to follow, is entertaining, and is beautifully written! I definitely recommend this read!
  • The Ghost Bride

    By Bjj girl
    Amazing read! I couldn't put this book down!
  • Ghost Bride

    By Aurorasplace
    The title of the book caught my attention right away. I found the cultural aspects of it very interesting and the writer's use of imagination captivating.
  • I love this book

    By C. C. Brothers
    You had through the whole book. I honestly couldn't put it down. I love the journey Li Lan takes. Love is never black or white, cut and dry. Thank you, it was a pleasure reading this book.
  • My children thought I went on strike!

    By KendraInPhoenix
    May I be so corny as to say "I couldn't put it down?" My four children have never been so neglected as they were when I was making lunches and changing diapers with one hand and my nose in this book (we're recovered after that 13hours) A fantastic weave of culture, history, romance and suspense. I've been telling everyone and am thrilled to look for more of this author!
  • Best book I've read in a long time

    By Girlygirly456
    It's worth every penny. I loved this book. The drama, the historical fiction, the romance, everything! I wish I could read it again without knowing what happens at the end. It's just that good of a book
  • An ok read.

    By Moonlight_Huanghou
    The story was cute and had a lot superstitious beliefs added to the storyline which made me pick it up. I liked the romance development and liked Li Lan's character, however I was truly disappointment a bit by the ending. There were times when the story was slow and I lost interest (but I forced myself to read on) and there were other times when I couldn't stop reading. However, although the ending was as I hoped, it was just rushed. Too rushed even. We didn't even get a final interaction between the two ending characters. The simple narration at the end was disappointing since it was so hard to keep an interest in the story in the first place. Overall, it wasn't worth the money. Read it at a library or something, but it's not a piece of literature I would keep on the shelf to read again.