ISBN: 154200523X
EAN13: 9781542005234
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 1, 2019
Pages: 427
Dimensions: 1.141732" H x 8.267717" L x 5.393701" W
Weight: 0.9590108 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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

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A #1 Wall Street Journal, Amazon Charts, USA Today, and Washington Post bestseller.

#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.

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   Not worthy of your eyes
I decided to get the book because I wanted to learn how the family got around this and what happened to them. I hated the way it was written. The woman who abused everyone she knew is the focus of the film. It's not about who the victims were or who they were not. It was all about her from the time she was born. She was an awful human being and you don't want something horrible to happen to her to ruin anyone's life. It is interesting because of serial killers. If anyone wrote this book, they should have focused on the family she destroyed, not her. The book wanted the reader to feel bad for her because of what she did. I got rid of this book before I finished it.
 
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   Life is too short for books this bad.
I root for authors to do well. I like to give each book a fair shake as an avid reader. I can not continue this one. I checked the progress as I reached the point of thinking, "We're about done here." Halfway. I could not do anything else. The worst part of the story is that it is a gross one. I wonder if it even went through editing, as it is written so repetitively. It was a First Read selection that I regret choosing. I regret wasting time reading it.
 
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   Astonishing tale of true evil!
There is no bounds to true evil. The story was told through the eyes of the victims and shocked me to the core. It is hard to believe that someone can be so cruel. The fairy tale evil ones, like Cinderella's step mother, are not as bad as the story of the girl in the picture. She had a hold on her children and husband that was frightening. There are some monsters in society. I am sympathetic to the victims. I was left sick with anger that the victims were powerless to have done anything to avoid the deaths of those who were murdered, as the tales of abuse continued to pile up.
 
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   Horrifying true story of sadistic torture and murders
The story of years of torture, abuse, and murder from a married couple is absolutely horrifying. It's hard to imagine all of the events happening in one household. It's difficult to understand why each of the couple has less prison time. The author's writing style was not great. There are a lot of lists of the torture, but little analysis of the twisted minds of the monstrous couple. There wasn't much commentary on why the police didn't act when the eldest daughter reported her parents, why the grandmother didn't intervene more, and why the husband acted the way he did.
 
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   Not for me
I didn't read the whole thing. It was like anticipating and then watching a train wreck. I asked myself why I was reading this at a certain point. The main villain is a cardboard cutout that torments others when she doesn't get what she wants. It doesn't matter that this is a true story at a certain point. I know a lot of other people enjoyed this, so maybe I missed something. I'm not going back to find out what it was.
 
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   Grizzly but true
It's hard to imagine people like those in this book exist. The book is about exposing the truth about them. They tortured their family and manipulated them. My heart went out to the children who were torn between right and left. Children of such a tender age are put on a very horrifying responsibility. I couldn't open the book. This type of book is important. The news doesn't give all the details of the story. It doesn't mention the children affected. People might think that the kids did nothing because they don't know the whole story. I can't imagine what I would have done. It's easy to judge. I feel that the truth was told with a very clear unbiased lens.
 
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   An important story, even though difficult to read
I thought that only those who deal with troubled families needed to read this book, but now I think that anyone who doesn't deal with abusive relationships should read it. We all want to believe that things are okay. The truth may be that terrible things are happening and the perpetrators are good at covering it up and putting on a good face. It is better to say something to someone who can help if you are not sure. No one else seems to be raising the alarm so don't assume that things are ok. It is difficult to read this story. Someone may be saved from terrible abuse if they have done that.
 
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   UGH
I can't believe I read this at the end. The sisters were portrayed as blameless for the murders committed by their mother. They were not. The author didn't bother to explain why they continued to stand by their mother even as adults, knowing that innocent lives were at risk. The story is not well written. I took a shower after I finished the book. I will not be reading anything else by this author. Not recommended.
 
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   Page turning and suspenseful
It is impossible to put down this book. It is so well written that it reads like the best psychological thrillers. This one was hit out of the park by the man. One of my favorite authors.
 
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   A similar story is mine.
I have been in therapy for the first time in my 50's. I feel obligated to not letting out the secret because of my parents, yet I understand why I didn't seek help or why I stayed loyal. Through intense therapy sessions, I have moved from a victim to a survivor. One of my siblings acknowledges the crazy childhood and I'm grateful for that support. I know that others will understand my story even though this book was intermittently intense to read. Thank you for sharing. Kathy,Shane and Ron were taken from us.
 
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