Spooky Halloween - hardcover edition of Hemlock Island is next to an orange Once Upon a Book Club box
Spooky Halloween - the book Hemlock Island is centered surrounded by text: trapped on an island, feeling of being watched, summoning evil, alone in the dark, storms at night, and no communication

Limited Edition - Spooky Halloween 2023 (Ready-to-Ship)

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Our most popular annual box is back for 2023 and this terrifying read will come with a collection of 4 hauntingly good gifts to bring this suspenseful tale to life! Be careful reading this past your bedtime, as the things that go bump in the night may be all too dangerous...

Boxes will include a brand new, hardcover edition of Hemlock Island by Kelley Armstrong, a signed bookplate by the author, letter from the author, and additional content!

These boxes are ready-to-ship and will depart our warehouse within 2 business days from ordering!

How It Works!
  1. Start reading your monthly book! Each box includes an exciting new read and your experience begins the moment you turn to page one.
  2. As you read, you'll find "Open Your Gift" sticky notes! Unwrap the gift with the matching page number and experience the book coming to life before your eyes!
  3. Chat about your reading experience with readers around the globe! Our private Facebook group is the perfect place to meet dedicated readers like you!

About the Book

Laney Kilpatrick has been renting her vacation home to strangers. The invasion of privacy gives her panic attacks, but it’s the only way she can keep her beloved Hemlock Island, the only thing she owns after a pandemic-fueled divorce. But broken belongings and campfires that nearly burn down the house have escalated to bloody bones, hex circles, and now, terrified renters who’ve fled after finding blood and nail marks all over the guest room closet, as though someone tried to claw their way out…and failed.

When Laney shows up to investigate with her teenaged niece in tow, she discovers that her ex, Kit, has also been informed and is there with Jayla, his sister and her former best friend. Then Sadie, another old high school friend, charters over with her brother, who’s now a cop.

There are tensions and secrets, whispers in the woods, and before long, the discovery of a hand poking up from the earth. Then the body that goes with it… But by that time, someone has taken off with their one and only means off the island, and they’re trapped with someone—or something—that doesn’t want them leaving the island alive.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews

Best boxes!


So fun!

Toishinna Lopez

This book was a whirlwind of drama and mystery. At one point I was starting to think that even the narrator was unreliable because of the things they described. I could totally see someone like Mike Flanagan taking on this book as a TV miniseries. Great characters and I couldn't resist reading one more chapter.


The book was really awful, but I felt like I had to finish it since I spent so much on it/the box. The gifts were okay. They weren’t bad but didn’t make up the value of the box to me.

Blaze Varone
So much fun

I absolutely loved this book. Such a fun adventure with great twists. The gofts were fantastic too! I used each one! Very happy!

Book Clubber Testimonials


I love Once Upon a Book Club. Each month offers a book with a collection of gifts that bring the words on the pages to life. My collection is growing and I even had to purchased new book shelves. I love the boxes!

Mitzi V.
Lake Charles, LA

Once Upon a Book Club is a reader’s delight. The concept of this book box is so unique, it combines your love of reading with the joy opening presents.

Darrie D.
Oceanside, NY

The gifts truly bring the story to life and perfectly match what’s happening in the story. For example-the main character might have gotten a bracelet from her best friend in the story. And then you get that bracelet as a gift! It’s so fun because it’s an immersive experience.

Monique B.
Elmhurst, IL

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