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 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 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 2.5 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 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