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If you tell : a true story of murder, family secrets, and the unbreakable bond of sisterhood / Gregg Olsen.

Olsen, Gregg, (author.).

Available copies

  • 0 of 6 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 5 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

20 current holds with 6 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Barnesville Public Library 364.1523 OLS (Text) 33500013179742 New Checked out 02/05/2020
Detroit Lakes Public Library 364.1523 OLS (Text) 33500013179759 New Checked out 01/31/2020
Fertile Public Library 364.1523 OLS (Text) 33500013183207 New On holds shelf -
Moorhead Public Library 364.1523 OLS (Text) 33500013168521 New Checked out 02/04/2020
Moorhead Public Library 364.1523 OLS (Text) 33500013168539 New On holds shelf -
Thief River Falls Public Library 364.1523 OLS (Text) 35500006252389 New Checked out 01/25/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781542005227
  • ISBN: 1542005221
  • ISBN: 9781542005234
  • ISBN: 154200523X
  • Physical Description: 405 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Seattle, Washington : Thomas & Mercer, [2019]

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Summary, etc.:
"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."--Amazon.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #1
    Veteran true-crime and crime fiction author Olsen tells the shocking true story of the Knotek family and their sadistic matriarch, Shelly. At a young age, Shelly showed signs of aberrant behavior: she enjoyed humiliating people, was quick to anger, and believed she was infallible and deserving. After two marriages and two children, Nikki and Sami, she finds a malleable accomplice in third husband Dave who does her bidding—horrifying physical and emotional abuse inflicted at any hour, day or night. They have another daughter, Tori, and take in their nephew, Shane. All the children suffer, but Nikki is the main target until Shelly's friend Kathy moves in. Shelly begins a campaign to mentally and physically destroy Kathy, who becomes a shell of her former self. The details are appalling but it is even more outrageous that Shelly gets away with it for years mostly because her daughters are terrified of her even after moving away. Olsen presents the story chronologically and in a simple, straightforward style, which works well: it is chilling enough as is. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Sisters > Washington (State) > Raymond > Case studies.
Child abuse > Washington (State) > Raymond > Case studies.
Murder > Washington (State) > Raymond > Case studies.
Psychological abuse > Washington (State) > Raymond > Case studies.
Genre: Biographies.
True crime stories.

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