“There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.”
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
I tend to be a very fast reader, skimming quickly through most books in a couple of days–or if I’m uninterrupted, a few hours.
The opening chapter of The Thirteenth Tale (not an affiliate link) stopped me.
Diane Setterfield made me admire the craft of a skilled writer, appreciate imagery and savour the power of language.