Gregg Olsen – If You Tell


An Amazon Charts and Washington Post best seller.

No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Gregg Olsens shocking and empowering true-crime story of three sisters determined to survive their mothers house of horrors.

After more than a decade, when sisters Nikki, Sami, and Tori Knotek hear the word “mom”, it claws like an eagles 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 mothers 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 survivors 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.

Author: Gregg Olsen
Narrator: Karen Peakes
Duration: 10 hours 34 minutes
Released: 19 Jan 2012
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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I have lots of questions. This story is so cracked that I have a really hard time believing so many aspects of it. I guess I have problems with what IS NOT DISCUSSED and therefore find the story lacking. However, its a true crime book so I know I can never get all the answers, but I can definitely see the slant in this book as far away as Florida.

My main problem is the adults, especially Kathy & Ron?? I guess I can understand the 3 sisters (and before he was killed, Shane), they were kids. But when they became teens/adults?? How are they functional to this day? I can guess why it was left outthis is a crime story, not a memoir.

This is a bit at the end of the book from a forensic psychologist and its telling when she states
skilled predators know how to stay in control
the offender has stained the victims souls
the victims might even still love the sadistic predatory caretaker
this is difficult for outsiders to understand
and no matter what form it has taken, home is still home
victims of the abuse can still love the monster and
this ambulant loyalty just might be the predator’s ultimate form of damage

Tho the crimes were committed in the late 1990-early 2000s, the book makes the justice system look like idiots, and the entire family to include the grandparents are super dysfunctional. The sisters supposed dialogue is very out of sync with the bookhindsight and a prison sentence gives the ability to write such a tale.

I believe the manipulation, victim trauma and missed opportunities