If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood

If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood

#1 New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen’s shocking and empowering true-crime story of three sisters determined to survive their mother’s house of horrors.

After more than a decade, when sisters Nikki, Sami, and Tori Knotek hear the word mom, it claws like an eagle’s talons, triggering memories that have been their secret since childhood. Until now.

For years, behind the closed doors of their farmhouse in Raymond, Washington, their sadistic mother, Shelly, subjected her girls to unimaginable abuse, degradation, torture, and psychic terrors. Through it all, Nikki, Sami, and Tori developed a defiant bond that made them far less vulnerable than Shelly imagined. Even as others were drawn into their mother’s dark and perverse web, the sisters found the strength and courage to escape an escalating nightmare that culminated in multiple murders.

Harrowing and heartrending, If You Tell is a survivor’s story of absolute evil—and the freedom and justice that Nikki, Sami, and Tori risked their lives to fight for. Sisters forever, victims no more, they found a light in the darkness that made them the resilient women they are today—loving, loved, and moving on.

Title:If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781542005234
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  • Grace Anderson

    I’m pretty horrified that Shelly was allowed to get away with so much. Horrified....

  • Ileana Renfroe

    Why? How? How could she have done all those things?From the moment I started reading this book I was hooked. I kept asking, why did the police not react sooner? They are to blame for Ron’s death, no...

  • Lynda Kelly

    The best book Gregg Olsen has ever written. It's the fifth I've read by him and I've usually been pretty disappointed as his proofreaders or editors have done an atrocious job, but this one is WAY bet...

  • Debbie

    3 starsI had a hard time understanding why the older girl did not go to the police sooner after the deaths of 3 people. She was 20 and still living with the mother and tolerating the abuse after 2 peo...

  • Lisa

    A tragic story, but...I found it difficult to engage with the story. I understand that the author has had to cobble together, many different points of view and try to create a coherent timeline for th...

  • Margaret Jones

    Talk about dysfunctional families!Unbelievably sadistic, psychopathic mother. Weak, submissive husband. Three abused daughters. Three tortured, murdered "boarders". Another true crime horror story by ...

  • Effie

    Poorly written. Poorly interpreted. Yuck. Just yuck. The subject matter...the written word. I wanted to find out “what happened”. But it was a REAL struggle to read. So many ways this story could ...

  • Kathy Barrows

    This was a very hard book for me to read. Incredibly well written...Gregg Olsen gave these girls their voice back. Completely horrific account of the worst child abuse and elder abuse that Ive ever re...

  • Dan McDonald

    Dark, Disturbing, Drawn Out, and Ultimately DissatisfyingIf you're going to write a book about a mentally ill, sadistic serial killer you should probably spend more time talking about her mental illne...

  • Nancy Hudson

    2.5 stars. Horrific story that went under the radar due to the nature of the crimes and the way Shelley Knotek and her husband were convicted and sentenced . The story is unbelievable at times but I t...