Kindle Sample Reviews (The Woman in Cabin Ten, A Little Life, The Handmaid’s Tale)

Recently I’ve started using the Kindle Sample functionality Amazon offers to have a free sneak peek at books that are on my wishlist. The Sample option sends the first couple of chapters of the book to your Kindle (or Kindle app, never fear, iPad users!) so you can try before you buy and I’ve got a little bit addicted to it.

The list below is made up of the first five books I chose, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on each book as well as whether or not I purchased the full book based on the sample.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I read plenty of reviews of A Little Life when it was released last year but nothing prepared me for how hard-hitting the first couple of chapters were. The writing is absolutely stunning, I was drawn into the characters’ lives from the first paragraph and I snapped up the full book the second I finished the sample.

Click here to buy the book or give the sample a try.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I know, how did I get to twenty eight years old without reading The Handmaid’s Tale? I read extracts throughout my years at sixth form and university and I know the story well from conversations with friends but I’ve never actually read the whole book from beginning to end. As I assumed it would, the sample drew me in and I’ll definitely be bumping this one up my list of books to read.

Click here to buy the book or give the sample a try.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

I absolutely loved Ruth Ware’s debut novel (In a Dark Dark Wood) so I eagerly dived into the sample for The Woman in Cabin 10, hoping it would be one to add to my list to read when the weather turns and I’m always in the mind for something thrilling. Though it started off very differently to how I thought it would, I liked the surprise and I’ll certainly be reading this in the next few months.

Click here to buy the book or give the sample a try.

Nod by Adrian Barnes

I decided to read the sample of Nod purely based on how unique the plot sounded – one night, for no reason, almost the entire population of the world was unable to fall asleep. The insomnia continues over the coming days and civilisation descends into madness, with only a few unaffected trying to keep things in order. With such a promising storyline I actually found the sample of Nod a little slow-moving, though I’m assuming things pick up further down the line. I still really want to read this one as it sounds brilliant, but I’m in less of a rush than I was before reading the sample.

Click here to buy the book or give the sample a try.

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

I do love a good psychological thriller, especially as we head into autumn and winter, and it was the cover of Lie With Me that drew me in. I was surprised to find this narrated by a male character as (through my own stereotyping, I guess!) I’d assumed the story would be told by a woman. I always like to get caught off guard, though, so my interest was well and truly piqued by the end of the sample. Another one on my to buy list!

Click here to buy the book or give the sample a try.


So those are my thoughts on the first five books I sampled on my Kindle app – have you read any of them and, if so, what did you think? I’m about half way through A Little Life at the moment and, my god, it’s breaking me apart. It’s so intense I’m actually having to take breaks every chapter or it gets a bit much; definitely one to read if you want to stir up serious emotions. The writing is some of the best I’ve ever come across, though, so it’s well worth the emotional anguish!

Anyway, keep an eye out for full reviews of some of these coming over the next few months and, until next time, happy reading.

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