[PDF / Epub] ❤ If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood ✅ Gregg Olsen – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk

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


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

  1. says:

    This was a disturbing book Sometimes things that really have happened are far worse than anything one can dream up in their mind This is a tale of abuse, manipulation, and complete and utter disregard for human suffering Where one woman got off on the emotional and physical pain she could inflict on others mainly her children and those closest to her How she got away with this for so long is a mysteryI loved my mother because I didn t know I had a choice I had to love her What hap This was a disturbing book Sometimes things that really have happened are far worse than anything one can dream up in their mind This is a tale of abuse, manipulation, and complete and utter disregard for human suffering Where one woman got off on the emotional and physical pain she could inflict on others mainly her children and those closest to her How she got away with this for so long is a mysteryI loved my mother because I didn t know I had a choice I had to love her What happens when the person who is supposed to love you the most, hurts you the most The level of depravity and cruelty in this book is unsettling and hard to read at times Shelly was nothing short of a monster Be warned, there are many scenes which will be difficult for some to read There are tales of horrific abuse.This was a well written, well researched account of abuse The author did a great job telling these sister s stories and chronicled their lives together living with their mother and when they were adultsThe light at the end of the tunnel, besides Shelly being brought to justice, was that the three sisters were able to move on, each in her own way Each was able to make a life, love and be loved Thank you to Gregg Olson, Thomas Mercer, and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own


  2. says:

    2.5 Stars 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 This book ca 2.5 Stars 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 This book came up as a bookclub January read and it may not have crossed my radar otherwise I think it was poorly written and very repetitive The account is quite disturbing and if there was a rating for how shocked I was at the level of abuse and torture that took place within this home, then I would rate it a 5 However I am not rating the book on it s shockability factor For me the story doesn t come across well and I wasn t convinced I was getting the full picture of what actually happened So many questions remained unanswered, how so many people on the outside of this family and in authority didn t notice the disappearances or even what was going on with this family The level of abuse and torture is relentless and makes for difficult reading I did finish the book and am while I didn t love it I do think it will make for good discussion I listened to this one on audible and the narrator was excellent.An ok read and a story that may appeal to readers who enjoy true crime stories but not a book for my favourites shelf


  3. says:

    It took me no time at all to read this Why Well you hear about crimes and crazy things ppl do or split minute decisions made in haste, but I have never heard of someone like the mother in this story She had a switch She seemed to have a hair trigger The book even remarked on that It also well documents and shows you exactly what this means Happy to horribly mean, calm to hellaciously evil and vengeful I m not sure she had all of her humanity included when she was born Or maybe in her fo It took me no time at all to read this Why Well you hear about crimes and crazy things ppl do or split minute decisions made in haste, but I have never heard of someone like the mother in this story She had a switch She seemed to have a hair trigger The book even remarked on that It also well documents and shows you exactly what this means Happy to horribly mean, calm to hellaciously evil and vengeful I m not sure she had all of her humanity included when she was born Or maybe in her formative years she did not get the type of nurturing care she needed when she was developing the most crucial parts of her personality and how she would learn to process emotions This was a great book, but in a terrible way It was terrible in that this went on so long It s terrible that these things happened under the noses of others and that there were authority errors and non response But I m glad it came out for the sake of those that needed it to I can say I have heard of a lot of ppl but that woman seemed to be evil incarnate to me She needed lots of help I would recommend the book to true crime lovers that are strong and not triggered often This is definitely a very disturbing piece of material that has been well organized and written by Olsen It s not my first by him, and I enjoy his research


  4. says:

    I m pretty horrified that Shelly was allowed to get away with so much Horrified.


  5. says:

    A tragic story, butI 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 A tragic story, butI 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 the father seem to be minimised in comparison to Shelly s crimes This isn t an investigative account,of a first draft that has the potential to fill in so many blanks I for one would have likedinformation to explain why the police didn t act on the information received the first time, Shelly was never even questioned The conclusion was pretty disappointing in so far as it left evenblanks Nothing really was explained in any detail, they were arrested She pled guilty but not guilty really They went to jail He gets out Kids take him back into the fold, whilst Shelly is still in denial saying it s all a mistake Phew I stuck with this expectingand sadly got less and less


  6. says:

    Dark, Disturbing, Drawn Out, and Ultimately DissatisfyingIf you re going to write a book about a mentally ill, sadistic serial killer you should probably spendtime 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 Dark, Disturbing, Drawn Out, and Ultimately DissatisfyingIf you re going to write a book about a mentally ill, sadistic serial killer you should probably spendtime 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 experts say Was she just evil An epilogue at the end that only gives superficial treatment to these issues and, particularly, the psychology behind why victims stay and don t report is extremely dissatisfying Sorry I just don t like reading about human misery without at least some ability to understand why or how it occurred Giving the readertools to do that would have been appreciated


  7. says:

    Poorly written Poorly interpreted Yuck Just yuck The subject matterthe written word I wanted to find out what happened But it was a REAL struggle to read So many ways this story could have been shortened So much superfluous text Just yuck.


  8. says:

    Q The best calls came at three in the morning c 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 Q The best calls came at three in the morning c 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 hell was the deal of the other people Just how many deeply traumatized people are walking around ready to fall victims to some batsy person Q She doesn t know how to talk without some stupid lie coming out of her mouth c Q After that, her underwear vanished Kathy did chores around the house nude c Q Shelly never let the children use the toilet without permission or without the door fully open Most times, Shelly perched next to the kids as they went about their business and watched like it was a science experiment c Q Lara Watson thought her son in law had a serious drinking problem, but it paled next to his Shelly problem Drinking, he could quit Shelly, it turned out, not so easily c Q not rocking the boat didn t stop bad things from happening It only allowed them to continue c Aand here goes the answer Q view spoiler Let s see what Mom s feeding Kathy, Shane said.Shelly kept an array of pill bottles on the top of her dresser and on the nightstand near the bed The medicine cabinet on the main floor was also a veritable pharmacy with dozens of prescription pill bottles, including Lorazepam, Nitroquick, Atenolol, Altace, and Paxil.It was bewildering.Most were drugs that neither of them had heard about before, prescribed by doctors across Pacific County, and filled at various pharmacies in Raymond, South Bend, and Aberdeen.Prozac, in its green and white capsules, was the most recognizable That s what she s giving Kathy all the time, Nikki saidShelly was clearly drugging Kathy.Some would later wonder if she d also drugged Shane or any of her girls from time to time hide spoiler c


  9. says:

    Woah.


  10. says:

    Why How How could she have done all those things 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 Why How How could she have done all those things 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 the author for telling this story May no one ever forget the horrible atrocities committed by Shelley Heart wrenching story


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