Hot Key proposes Ghost Bride

Hot Key Books has acquired a YA novel about a young woman whose fiancé is a ghost.

The publisher acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in Yangsze Choo's The Ghost Bride from Hellie Ogden at Greene & Heaton on behalf of Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency. Hot Key will publish in paperback in August 2013.

The Ghost Bride tells the story of Li Lan, a young Chinese woman who lives in 1890s Malaya. She receives a proposal from the wealthy Lim family to marry their dead son. Soon her dreams are haunted by her betrothed.

Publisher Emily Thomas, said: "The Ghost Bride is one of those all-too rare novels that sends a genuine shiver down the spine."

Choo is a fourth generation Malaysian of Chinese descent who lives in the US.