Just some of the freshly caught lines include
"her mind went cottony with despair and panic"
"the car was silent except for the rain and the gallantry of the windshield wipers"
"a grim smile crept onto his lips and held them hostage."
I have written about this book before (here,and here). A book about a beautiful girl who is doomed by fate to be horribly murdered does not, at first hearing, sound like a barrel of laughs or joy. However, for all darkness at its core there is in it a joyful whimsical celebration of life. It is my absolute go-to re-read for the distraction of some uplifting escapism whenever the vagaries and demands of real working life weigh particularly heavily on me.
It quite defies categorisation being unlike any other book I have ever read. The only novelette/novella that matches it for brilliantly written unique but lyrical strangeness is "Danse Macabre" by Laura M Hughes - which I have reviewed here on Goodreads (reviewed it twice in fact - another book I felt compelled to reread).
I can only hypothesise that having that M as an author's middle initial must have something to do with this particular gift.