I was in the library a few days ago, browsing the books on CD to find something new to listen to in the car when I stumbled upon an audio copy of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins sitting on the rack. Our library has a policy where they keep a certain number of popular titles as “lucky day” books, which are not used to fill the hold queues. Instead, they sit out on the shelf waiting for you to walk into the library and check them out. Of course I (silently) squeed with delight and scooped it right up.
When I start listening to a CD, I really don’t pay attention at the beginning when they announce the title and the reader. I was surprised to hear multiple reader’s names for this book, but again, didn’t pay much attention to the specifics. Of course I loved it right away when the narrator for Rachel came on. She’s British. I can’t think of anything better than listening to an audio book read by a Brit. The story itself sucks me right in. The narrative continues for quite a long time from Rachel’s point of view, and then after a while it switches to Megan.
Now Megan (also British), her voice is lovely, and – as I keep listening – familiar. Very familiar. After a while I realize why – it sounds so much like Molly Hooper’s voice. You know Molly Hooper – she works with Sherlock in the laboratory. (Some of us are secretly waiting for Sherlock to declare his undying love to Molly Hooper. But I digress.) But it couldn’t be Molly, could it? I look at the front of the CD cover. There in tiny letters: read by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher. Louise Brealey.
I love this book even more.