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  • If You Tell

  • A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood
  • By: Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (478 ratings)

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If You Tell

By: Gregg Olsen
Narrated by: Karen Peakes
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Publisher's Summary

2021 Audie Award Nominee for Best Nonfiction Audiobook

A #1 Wall Street Journal, Amazon Charts, USA Today, and Washington Post bestseller.

#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.

©2019 Gregg Olsen. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Peakes's performance sucks the listener into the scenes of abuse, torture, sadism, and, eventually, murder committed by Shelly.... Peakes's narration is compelling." --AudioFile Magazine

"This riveting account will leave readers questioning every odd relative they’ve known." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Olsen presents the story chronologically and in a simple, straightforward style, which works well: it is chilling enough as is." --Booklist

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such a sad but gripping story!

I couldn't stop listening, it was a very well told story and I would recommend

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Compelling and heartbreaking

Perfect narration. Very disturbing, at times hard to listen to.
Couldn't put it down though.

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Hooked

Kept me hooked to know when these nasty people would pay the price. 💕 Shane

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Amazing and heartbreaking story

I went in just by recommendation and found it to be something I had to listen to over a weekend. Highly recommended,

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Deeply Disturbing

A deeply story told by an excellent narrator. I was hooked from start to finish, but I would've liked to know more about what exactly had made Shelly such a monster.

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Wow

I am speechless after listening to this book. Highly recommend! It is truly a horrific thing what some people go through. This book was so well written and read.

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A terrifying story

Narrator was very effective and I liked the voices she did for the characters. Gripping, terrifying and hard to listen to. Like a train wreck you can't stop looking at.

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Unbelievable

This story…far out. I couldn’t stop listening. I can’t believe the sentencing. A must listen!

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Eye opening

A journey into the hell that some humans endure when they have no resources like safe family or friends.
A revelation into how a psychopath like Shelley is created as well.

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Wow ❗

This was such a graphic story of abuse the author did a brilliant job telling the story of the sisters and how many red flags there were that was ignored

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