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If You Tell
If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood | Gregg Olsen
#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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Heartbreaking , tough read, worse because it was all true. I hope this woman never gets out of prison.

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ASnowbrooke
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A hard read, for sure, and more than a little terrifying. Be prepared for some really disturbing things in this book, I had to put it down more than once to get some space. But ultimately fascinating.

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jmezzacasa
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I honestly don't know how I feel about this book. For those with triggers related to violence/abuse, this is definitely not for you. Looking past that, the story wasn't the worst. It was sad to hear what these poor people went through, but from a psychological standpoint, it was interesting. I'd say read this one at your own risk.

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fredamans A great but emotional read! 4mo
Eggs Sounds so good! 4mo
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HufflepuffGirl90 I loved this one! 4mo
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lilpumpkin2.0
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June 25, 2022 I am just going to say a few words: Shelly Knotek deserved to be in jail for more than two decades. With all the finger pointing and blaming that she did, she DEFINITELY deserves to be alone from her daughters Nikki, Sami, and Tori. What they had to go through should not have happened.

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lilpumpkin2.0
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June 23, 2022 I am on page 205 Chapter 41 and 'things' have happened. 'Things' have gotten intense! OMG I mean i just want to express how I feel about the book so far. It is true that Shelly, the mother to Nikki, Sami, and Tori is very psycho. Crazy. Brutal. A murderer. Too many words to describe her. You'll have to read it yourself to find out (no spoilers)

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lilpumpkin2.0

June 19, 2022 I am a good ways into the book. There are so many characters to keep track of BUT the one that stands out the most obviously is Shelly Knotek. She is such a violent person. She does not treat her girls, Nikki and Sami, and her husband, Dave Knotek, with any respect. She believes thag she is the queen of the household and it is okay to degrade a human being. The way she beats and yells at her daughters is unimaginable 😒😞😔😣😖

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June 16, 2022 My next book. Review coming soon

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atl_scfl
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This is the first non-fiction I have read in a while. I have read one of Gregg Olsen fiction stories before and really enjoyed his writing style. This was definitely fascinating and disturbing at the same time. It is the story of 3 sisters and the abuse from their mother. It is not for the weak and parts are frustrating but definitely a must read if you are a fan of true crime.

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Nikki_E
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I finished this yesterday and holy shit. I had heard of this case on a podcast, possibly Least of These, but I was not prepared. What a horrific case. What a horrific woman.

SRWCF Wasn't this just the most horrific thing ever?! 6mo
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guidosophia
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jesus christ. this book is fascinating but SO disturbing. it‘s disgusting to see the continued incompetence of dave and the police. it‘s all just shocking. i can‘t believe shelly is getting out of jail this year. i kept forgetting that it was real because it‘s just so terrible

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For 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.

Suet624 So sad. 10mo
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Kay_Mac_W
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This book retells the shocking story of Shelly Knotek, a real life murderer. Olsen tells the story in such a way, it feels like you are there experiencing the horrors with her three daughters. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, wondering when/if she was ever going to pay for her atrocious actions. It‘s a great breaking story, that puts it into perspective, that you don‘t actually know what goes on in anyone‘s home.

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—- graphic book about child abuse—-
As a survivor of intense child abuse, this book was hard and comforting to go through. The horrors these kids faced and that not all of them got out Alive is heart breaking. The long list of chances people had to intervene and didn‘t is absolutely heart breaking. For those who survived it leaves a powerful memory

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Cathyloves2read
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How to rate this book? It was entertaining, but the subject matter was so dark.The worst part is it‘s a true story.This monster really existed!She‘s in jail, but eligible for parole in 2022.The atrocities that her daughters endured were unreal.Trigger warning-if you have a weak stomach or can‘t handle extreme graphics,don‘t read this book. I am neither of the above,but found it disturbing.On the other hand, it was well written and kept me reading.

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Joined a new book club in Chicago to meet new people again. It‘s a murderino kind of book club, so I think I‘ve found my people 🤣 This book is turning out to be terrible, not terrible writing, but terrible content that will keep me awake at night…

deeannloso Very sad 😞 and just…😡 13mo
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Victims of abuse can still love the monster. This ambivalent loyalty might just be the predator's ultimate form of damage

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I read a lot of true crime books but this has to be one of the most brutal to date. The author went so in depth with this. The torture, gaslighting and all out abuse this woman inflicted on her children and the "boarders" she took in as friends but would slowly kill is unreal. Chilling, emotional and compelling read. The fact that Michelle Knoteck is due to be released in 2022 utterly disturbs me.

10.5hrs

#scarathlon2021 #teamslaughter

FantasyChick Team theme: 15pts 14mo
Clwojick hmmmmm.... I'm always up for a true crime book. I might have to check this one out. 14mo
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LeahBergen Yeah, this one was harsh! 😬 14mo
TheSpineView 👍📖📚 14mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 14mo
Andrea4 😬😬🤢 14mo
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I don't have the time I used to to get really involved in #Readathons this year but my stupidly competitive ass just can't leave well enough alone 🤣 I'm only participating in Litsy events this year so to maximize points I've decided on multiple #Bingo boards instead! Considering I've only had time for 2 books in September I'm going to be interested to see how I manage my TBR of 60 🤣🤣

aperfectmjk Goodluck! Who knows, maybe you'll get your motivation back. I'm hoping mine comes back. 1y
FantasyChick @aperfectmjk Here's hoping for both of us! I have no hope whatsoever of getting through even half of these, well maybe with the GN's. But I thrive on this type of chaos so I'm hopeful I'll get at least some of my momentum back 🤞 1y
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! Good luck!!! I also love making complicated systems and tracking and bingo boards so I'm totally for it! 😂 1y
TheSpineView Good luck! 🧡🎃🧡📖📚 1y
Clwojick Organized chaos and giving yourself the most ridiculous reading challenges! I can relate! 😝😝😝 I did the same thing! I made one list for NetGalley, one for chirp and one for CloudLibrary. Then they‘ll all play into the #littenlisten bingo board 👻 1y
DogMomIrene I‘m really relating to this post this month. I haven‘t finished a single book this month, but I just bought the tagged book as kindle daily deal and I‘m prepping my bingo list with other books purchased this month🤷🏻‍♀️😂 7mo
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For years, behind closed doors, 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.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This book was wild. The mom was supposed to have been released from jail either this year or last. So messed up. 1y
Chelsea.Poole I read this when it came out and I still think about it! 1y
deeannloso @Chelsea.Poole I‘m about 3/4 in and it is just making me so angry and totally disgusted. 😡💔😢 1y
deeannloso @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego The mother is supposed to be released next year. Hopefully not! 1y
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I feel disgusting just reading of this abuse. How am I supposed to go to sleep after reading this book?

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Rissa1
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This book is going to take me forever to finish. I have to take breaks because of the gruesome abuse. Truth is always scarier than fiction.

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Hestapleton
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This book was gripping and horrible. I couldn‘t stop listening and felt sick the whole time. The writing however, wasn‘t great. It was overwrought in places, instead of compassionate. There were also quite a few repetitive phrases like “so and so said, years later.” I‘d recommend for the survival story, but not the writing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #netgalley

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Did I finagle my way into another free trial of Scribd so I could listen to this? Yes. 😂

DogMomIrene Finagle! Love this word! 7mo
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MNreader
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This book is way messed up 😱

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tricours
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This is such a weird story. I understand that someone might be able to abuse and manipulate their own children if they start early, but to do it to two separate non-family members AND without any romantic ties? There are just so many people in this book who should have put a stop to the madness earlier. I feel like some part of the story is missing for it to make any kind of sense.

IamIamIam I got this on sale! I guess so-so it's better than terrible. 😂 2y
tricours @IamIamIam it‘s not at all bad! I listened to it without ever getting bored 🙃 2y
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🌟 🌟 🌟 Full Review: https://suspensebookreviews.home.blog/2021/02/07/if-you-tell-by-gregg-olsen/

I wasn't impressed with this true-crime novel. It felt like a fact sheet with a lack of plot & storyline. The events were horrific accounts of abuse & torture but overall felt poorly put together. I really wanted a more outside the home perspective from teachers, neighbors, & family. It was primarily just accounts of distressing abuse.

FelinesAndFelonies I thought it was good. But you're right, it would have been better with more perspectives. 2y
AlisBookNookCorner @felinesandfelonies - I really had a hard time giving this one a rating. I didn't want to undermine the abuse that took place in that home, but I also felt like things were lacking from the plot. I grew up on true-crime, reading a lot about Bundy, Manson, Jack the Ripper, and more. I felt in comparison to those novels, this one just fell flat. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. Just not for me, although I do think others would like. 2y
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I must have subconsciously decided that 2021 was going to be the year of tough reads. This book has been nothing short of heartbreaking, tough, and emotional. I believe the simple knowledge of knowing this is based on a true story makes it all that more difficult to process. Aside from it being a gut-wrenching tale, it is well written and page-turning. Definitely keeping my attention.

Annie1215 Looking forward to what you think of this. It‘s been on my maybe list for a while but I haven‘t gone for it yet. 2y
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This book has been on my shelf for awhile now. I've been wanting to read it for some time, just kept getting swept up in others on my TBR. Long overdue read that I'm ready to finally get to. What's everyone's thoughts on this one? 💭

MySharonaK A punch in the gut but really well written. It‘s scary to know that it all happened in real life 2y
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This book was heartbreaking. True story of girls that endure abuse at the hands of mother.

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wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 2y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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I don't even know where to begin with this one. Real life is way more horrific than fiction, especially in this case. I'll probably have nightmares tonight.

Airykah13 I started this one a couple days ago 2y
LeahBergen Isn‘t it shocking?? 😬 2y
Bookish.SAM Yikes! Nightmares? ... but now I‘m intrigued... 2y
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My husband listened to this on AudioBook and told me to buy it to read so we can discuss it!.... NEVER thought I would see the day he suggested such a thing. Hahaha.
So, here I am... reading the book so we can discuss it!!!🤓🥳🥰

CocoReads I meant to read that this month but I don‘t think I‘ll get there. 2y
Krystle13 @CocoReads my husband drives Transport, and a lot of areas he doesn't get reception, so he started listening to Audiobooks... used all my saved up credits, listens to some true crime pod casts etc.... makes me laugh.... he said it was good but so disturbing... 2y
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This one was a great read.. Although my own upbringing wasn't as severe as this family it resembles it very very slightly & was kinda hard to read in some places & made me think about my own non existent relationship with my own toxic mother quite a lot..

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This book was so disturbing. I can‘t believe it‘s a true story. I was horrified but I couldn‘t put this book down. It‘s like a car wreck. It definitely gave me awful dreams and disturbed my sleep. I‘m glad this story is out there and the sisters are okay after everything they went through. The writing itself was very simplistic and the writing a bit choppy.

#TeamSlaughter +16pts #Scarathlon
#Screamathon2020
#BookSpinBingo - Spot 5

Clwojick Intriguing! I‘m stacking. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Sounds too intense for me! 😬 2y
alisiakae Great review! 2y
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Thanks for the tag @Chrissyreadit

1. Horrific. Awful. Shocking. Psychotic
2. Chapstick & Books
3. The Victorian Era in England, 1890s

Not sure who hasn‘t played but tagging @Stacypatrice @inthegreensandblues @marleed
#wondrouswednesday

Texreader Yea I‘m in the chapstick camp too 2y
Eggs There are quite a few chapstick fans 👄. In winter I must have it 🥶💋. Thanks for playing 📚🤗😊👏🏻 2y
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This was a difficult book to read, and yet I couldn't stop reading it today. I just had to know that justice was dealt for the poor victims of Shelly's abuse.

What these three sisters went through felt surreal, and my heart still breaks for them, and for Kathy, Ron, and Shane.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
This book gives me my first bingo! 😀

TheAromaofBooks YAY BINGO!! 2y
Pageturner1 I thought the mom was the most horrible woman ever. Couldn‘t believe they lived that way. Brought up some unanswered questions for me. I don‘t know how much is really true. I am sure it is but how could you live that way as a child and keep that big of a secret? 2y
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I feel like my reading streak has come to a screeching halt this month. This true crime book by Gregg Olsen was my first #audiobook for September and it's been difficult to listen to. I literally would do anything else but listen to this. Needless to say, it's taken forever to get through.
The woman in this book is an awful person. I still have questions about her. I don't get it. How can people be so evil, cruel, and cause so much harm?😩

tpixie 💚💙💜 thank goodness for nice #Littens! (edited) 2y
ItsAnotherJen @tpixie Very true! There are a lot of great people here ❤ 2y
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PlainJayne81
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Book 3 of 3.. 😁 I love a good crime novel, true crime even better..

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Crysboehne
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A very disturbing book of a true crime detailing the abuse of children and adults as well as murder. I was not a fan of the writing at all. The style that the author chose to write in read more like a piece of fiction. There was so much conversation and minute details that it made me wonder if some of the content was false. I was hoping for more but it kept me entertained during our move.

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#bookspinbingo
finished another one
25free spot not read yet

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great progress!! 2y
Pageturner1 @TheAromaofBooks how long is this bingo for? just august? 2y
TheAromaofBooks Theoretically yes. I'll draw a new board in September. However, I had a few people who are still working on their July boards because they didn't want to start over. So it's kind of however it works best for you! I tend to be flexible as long as people are reading!! 😂 2y
Pageturner1 👍 sounds good 2y
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This woman is the worst I have heard of. Mommy Dearest has nothing on her. Could mot believe what went on. Leaves me with a lot of unanswered questions. Mainly because I have never been around anything like this so I fully don‘t understand how went on so long. This woman will be released in 2 years!! 😡🤬 This was a long book.
#bookspinbingo

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Holy shit, what a story. Shelly Knotek is truly an evil psychotic person. This book was very detailed and personal, it was scary. I can‘t imagine what it must‘ve been like growing up in her house. Shelly is set to be released in 2022 and her 3 daughters have warned that this is not wise. A monster locked away or free, is still a monster.

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Super excited to finally start this book!

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Karla2
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#29 2020
What a book!!!! Crazy true story. Murder, sadistic crazy mom and dad that played along. Total crazy and unbelievable cruelty. For a second I thought I was reading a fictional book of Stephen King, but no this is for real. I wont spoil the book giving more details. I am for sure reading more books from Greff Olsen.

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So hard to read, yet harder to put down. The story of the horror these sisters, and others, were put through at the hands of their mother is something that most cannot even fathom, while for some it brings forth memories of their own life. This book becomes very personal to any reader, as it tugs at your empathy, consciousness, ethics, and humanity.

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True crime novels are one of my favs. But not sure how to rate this, b/c the story is so horrific, yet I couldn‘t stop reading. I was not a fan of how the story was written, but I had to read on to see what happened next. My heart breaks for stories like these. It will take awhile to digest. It‘s hard to believe it‘s all real &such things can/did happen. Overall, a good read to learn about a case not very known & the story of healing sisters.