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

Written by:
Gregg Olsen
Narrated by:
Karen Peakes

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2019
10 hours 34 minutes
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.
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Marian K.

It went on and on too long detailing the horrors of the torture, the nastiness of this woman, the horrible pain caused by her to her victims. it just got to be one after another; way too long and then boom all of a sudden it was the end of the trial couldn’t feel empathy for any of the characters somehow. I just feel irritated even at the victims for letting some things like this happen to them for so long and not run away or do something or expose her, even her children

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Was hooked… couldn’t wait to get back to it every time I left it. Very interesting story. Highly recommend.

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Rimas G.

Veryan captivating, couldn't stop listening, mind-blowing,how mother could be so cruel to here own children

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Rachel J.

this is a good book but so harsh. it's hard to understand the depths of evil in people.

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Jennifer J.

This book cut out many times, it never did finish. Poorly recorded

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Incredible narrator!

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James S.

Yes, the daughter (sisterhood) were also victims, but my one fault with the book was that the question of "why didn't these girls do more to protect other, including themselves, after known deaths". I just have a hard time believing that grown women would let their kid sister(s) still live in that house, especially after 3 deaths. That question WASN'T EVEN ADDRESSED. Didn't any of them bear ANY responsibility whatsoever. Instead, they are almost held up as heroes.

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Kathy M.

Incredibly disturbing as it’s a true story. At times, I was sickened by the cruelty and shocked that many signs were missed . The narrator was very good

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Ed H.

An interesting story, but a bit over extended. After a time, you’re almost numb to the insanity of it all with the repetition. Could’ve been a much shorter book with the same impact. We’ll done narration.

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Intense, I’m still thinking about it and talking about it days after I finished. A truly horrible story written so well. This author knows how to put you right there seeing every little detail. This is my second book by Gregg Olsen, next please.

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Milissa S.

My heart is still beating hard!!! Unbelievable!!!

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It’s unfortunate this is a true story. I live in Oregon and remember this horrific event. The narrator was one of the bests I’ve heard in awhile

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Mary Crow

very twisted but a good story.

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Nora P.

I am a true crime aficionado. I heard this story on a podcast and wanted to know the whole story. I lived in Washington State during the time this was going on.

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Excellent, If you’re a true crime junky.

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Didn’t want to hear the sorry but could not stop listening

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Mary Pockrandt

One of my favorites! Heartbreaking story!

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A little slow in the beginning but once the story gets going you can’t help but keep reading.

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Rebecca G.

Kept me thinking of this every-time I wasn’t listening to it. Hard to hear the story but I couldn’t put it down.

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