Once Upon a Book Club Review August 2019

If you’ve ever wanted your books to come to life, this is the subscription box for you! Once Upon a Book Club is an interactive online community that offers a unique reading experience like no other. Each month brings a newly released fiction book, 3-5 individually wrapped gifts meant to be opened on specific pages (yay, surprises!), a 5 x 7 quote print featuring a quote from the chosen book, discussion questions, and read-a-long dates for live discussions and gift openings that contribute to the book club experience. They kindly sent us this box for review.

Subscription Details

When you sign up for Once Upon a Book Club, you’ll have two options:

  • Young Adult Subscription (Geared towards young adults ages 14+)
  • Adult Subscription (Geared towards adults 18+)

Each subscription starts at $34.99 per month. There are other options too: 3 month prepay ($100.99), 6 month prepay ($199.00), 12 month prepay ($390.00).

*Once Upon a Book Club boxes are curated by women and the majority of their books include strong female characters.

Here’s a closer look at the Once Upon a Book Club August Adult box…

To fully experience the box, readers are not meant to open each gift until they have reached the corresponding gift page. SPOILERS AHEAD!

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.
It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, The Turn of the Key is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

Page 56

On page 56 one of the characters desperately searches to find her phone charger and finds a charging lead in the bedside table. A paper falls out of the drawer, a child’s drawing with a note on the back.

Page 213

On page 213 one of the characters picks up a single purple flower from the kitchen floor and places it inside of a coffee mug.

Page 304

On page 304 something shiny catches one of the characters eyes. She finds her necklace scattered across the floorboards.

Page 335

On page 335 there is a long email message with no subject containing a confession from one of the characters.

Once Upon a Book Club Review August 2019 – Final Thoughts

This is the first box that I have received from Once Upon a Book Club, and I am blown away. This has easily become one of my favorite subscription boxes. I am amazed at all of the preparation and thought that has gone into creating this box. The idea behind this subscription box is incredible to me, and has helped me spark a new interest in reading. Although I already know the spoilers, I look forward to reading this book and re-discovering each of the gifts within the context of the book. I am a huge fan of thrillers, so this book is such a treat!

Kierra Pierre – Miss Reviews A Lot

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