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About the Author

Gregg Olsen (born March 5, 1959, in Seattle, Washington) is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author of numerour novels most of which are crime-related. His novels include: A Wicked Snow; A Cold Dark Place; Betrayal; and Fear Collector. His nonfiction books include: The Deep Dark (2005), show more about the 1972 Sunshine mine fire in Kellogg, Idaho; Bitter Almonds, the story of Stella Nickell; and A Twisted Faith, (2010) about a philandering minister who killed his wife, and True Shocking Story (2014). (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Gregg Olsen

A Wicked Snow (2007) — Author — 341 copies
Victim Six (2010) 293 copies
Envy (2011) 282 copies
A Cold Dark Place (2008) 238 copies
Lying Next to Me (2019) 230 copies
The Last Thing She Ever Did (2018) 205 copies
Closer Than Blood (2011) 172 copies
The Girl in the Woods (2014) 171 copies
Heart of Ice (2009) 158 copies
The Sound of Rain (2016) 146 copies
A Twisted Faith (2010) 135 copies
The Hive (2021) — Author — 121 copies
Cruel Deception (2007) 119 copies
Fear Collector (1601) 101 copies
If Loving You is Wrong (1999) 99 copies
Bitter Almonds (1993) 93 copies
The Deep Dark (2005) 85 copies
The Weight of Silence (2018) 81 copies
Now That She's Gone (2015) 74 copies
The Bone Box (2012) 70 copies
Betrayal (2012) 61 copies
Shocking True Story (2013) 55 copies
Just Try To Stop Me (2016) 39 copies
Bitch on Wheels (2010) 36 copies
I Know Where You Live (2022) 34 copies
The Girl on the Run (2014) 30 copies
American Black Widow (2023) 20 copies
Taken in the Night (2011) 6 copies
Girls on Film (2014) 5 copies
The Boy She Left Behind (2017) 4 copies
Jestli to řekneš... (2022) 1 copy
The Bone Box 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Places of residence
Olalla, Washington, USA
Seattle, Washington, USA
Jack Olsen (father)
Short biography
I live in rural Washington State (about a mile as the crow flies from Starvation Heights). I've been a guest on Dateline NBC, NPR, Good Morning America, The Early Show, FOX News; CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, Snapped, Deadly Women, William Shatner's Aftermath, and A&E's Biography. [adapted from Amazon.com, retrieved 6/26/2013]



Brutal, shocking, gripping. I listened to the audio version all through the night. It was so disturbing that I couldn’t sleep for the remainder of the night.
nitrolpost | 54 other reviews | Mar 19, 2024 |
I am so torn about my feelings for this book. On the one hand, I normally really like true crime. On the other, apparently, I don’t like the crime so much as the crime investigation. “If You Tell” is packed solid with depravity and suffering. It’s quite literally a tour through not one but two deaths by neglect and abuse ala Sylvia Likens.

The subtitled “unbreakable sisterhood bond” doesn’t resonate, which is why I’m dropping my review of the book to four stars. From my vantage, there was nothing but secrecy. The sisters appear to have looked on while their parents heaped abuses on family and strangers-in-need to the exclusion of all else. No judgement, but if there was any hope or comradery in this situation, the author didn’t demonstrate it other than between Nikki and Shane (their cousin).

I can’t imagine what living in this household must have been like, and my heart goes out to the survivors. That they appear to have cobbled together a semblance of normalcy after what they endured is a testament to the strength of the human spirit, though I really think the book would’ve benefited from a shift in focus every now and again.

The author’s note indicates that one of the reasons he wrote the book is because the case got so little focus in the media, and for some reason the sisters wanted their story told. I can’t imagine wanting to make these details public given that they didn’t even speak to each other about what happened, according to the book, until the youngest of the three was fourteen and the other two were already out of the house, but it isn’t for me to guess at their reasons. As the story goes—what the author chose to include and exclude—the focus is abuse. Cruelty. It isn’t a book I walked away from understanding anyone’s motivations, and I miss a redemptive quality. After all the tragedy, the book ends on an even lower note. I wouldn’t have guessed that was possible.

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bfrisch | 54 other reviews | Mar 3, 2024 |
This was a pretty quick read. Even though I found it quite predictable and there were a few unnecessary storylines, I still enjoyed the book. I would definitely read another book by this author.
thatnerd | 11 other reviews | Mar 2, 2024 |



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