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.
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
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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 was happening. It ...more
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
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.
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 ...more
The horrors described in this book are very disturbing. I can't imagine how a mother could treat her own children this way. If graphic violence or vulgar language bothers you this isn't the book for you.
This book is supposed to be a true story but I found several elements unbelievable. Without giving way too much information: how could someone riding in the trunk of a car not be noticed when getting in and out in public; I can't see how the girls could have been beaten as described ...more
You want to look away; but, you're compelled to see. To read about what comes next. To know the truth of evil incarnate.
Evil isn't supernatural persay. It's the choices we make to be that way. Give the devil a foothold and he'll take your soul.
Science has shone that serial killers have different brains than the rest of society. We can say they're born with a prolicivity and propensity towards violent and deviant behavior. ...more
Gregg Olsen is one of the best true crime writers . I've been a fan since "Starvation Heights" came out years ago. This story, starring Michelle " Shelly" Knotek, and her clueless 3rd husband shows how they got away with torture and murder for years. Shelly's kids had no idea how evil she really was. She degraded them, broke them down, so they had no idea what was normal, or what she was truly capable of. With his mindless accept ance, compliance, and avoidance, David Knotek made her job ...more
Shelley was an evil woman. She was mental, physically, and verbally abusive to all who were around her; not just her daughters but husband, nephew, and the others that she took in promising their a good life only to turn on them and treat them worse than an ...more
It is AWFUL that the father is already out of prison for his crimes. And Shelly will be out in approximately 2 years? This isn’t justice at all! I cannot understand what the state of Washington was thinking when it handed down these sentences. These 2 killed 4 people. So they get roughly 5 years per life? Wow! If I ever want to kill someone, I’m heading ...more
Spoiler alert. This bitch gets out in a couple years and I don’t get how that is acceptable. Except that it was ...more
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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