If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood
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 ps...more
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“I loved my mother because I didn’t know I had a choice. I had to love her.”
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Just to be clear I am not judging or rating this book on the horrific happenings or the cruelty that took place within this family and I cannot imagine what it would be like to grow up in a home with fear and violence part of every day life or with parents like the Knoteks. My rating reflects how the book came across to me as a reader who had never heard of this family or what took place within the household. We all react differently to books and this is just my reaction
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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 the story, but if found it clunky and sadly lacking in depth.
Don't get me wrong, this is a truly tragic and mind boggling account of terrible acts and my heart goes out to the victims. The strength and bond the sisters have retained is incredible. On the other hand, the terrible complicity and acts of ...more
I’m not sure she had all of her humanity included when she was born? Or maybe in her fo ...more
If you're going to write a book about a mentally ill, sadistic serial killer you should probably spend more time talking about her mental illness or at least trying to explain the "why" instead of just the "what." I never felt like I understood the motivations or motivating force behind any of the people in this tragedy. Was Shelly suffering from borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, both? What would the exper ...more
Q: Even on the crazy train, there is a place where the world is shut out and things go on feeling as though they are normal or even worth fighting for. (c) The world's most fucked up train with Shelly Knotek as the lead conductor.
This is I dunno what. If at least some of this is true then this is a bonkers batshit story. And it does seem to be credible.
I have no idea how that gal managed to get off with this much military grade crap. What the he ...more
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 question. But most importantly, How terrible these girls had to endure all those years of torture. However, there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel, and in this story it tells of three sisters who found the courage to finally tell the truth. Three strong women who are survivors. Thank you to ...more
(view spoiler)[I 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 people were killed. Her "brother" disappears and she suspects her parents killed him and did not report? The other part that bothered me is that the 2 elder girls were trying to decide if the younger child could take the environment for a couple of years until graduation knowing what wa ...more
Unbelievably sadistic, psychopathic mother. Weak, submissive husband. Three abused daughters. Three tortured, murdered "boarders". Another true crime horror story by Gregg Olsen. He's not the best writer. Repetitive and illogical reiteration of a cult-like group of inadequate, two dimensional characters who never come alive on the page. Disappointing.
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Story dnf @ 38%
Maybe if this wasn't a true story, I'd be able to push through. But knowing that the level of depravity depicted in this book actually happened...I just can't hang. I'm not that brave soul. It's too disturbing.
The story is about a mother who horribly abused her three daughters. The abuse was shocking and something I've never heard before. This all happened in their house in Raymond, Washington. Shelly Knotek was beautiful but behind that pretty face is someone who is manipulative and is just evil. Shelly took in her bestfriend, Kat ...more
How can anyone from such a young age do the things she did still get married 3 times have 3 children have most people think she is some kind of normal human being, not everyone but most and have so much power and control over people for them to feel the need it ...more
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A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Olsen has written ten nonfiction books, ten novels, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.
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