You never know what is behind closed doors. This is a well known phrase, but even as a teacher, I never thought a child’s home life could be this horrific for such an extended period of time. This is an unfathomable true story of the horrors that a mother, named Shelly, made her children, friends, and family suffer through for many years. There are people out there who thrive to hurt others, even enjoy it. They must always be the one with power over all others, and there are severe consequences to those who don’t bow to their will. Darkness was never followed by light for some of the unfortunate individuals that voluntarily put themselves in Shelly’s life. This darkness was their world and it was hidden from anyone that didn’t live in the home with them. Shelly got her satisfaction from hurting others, while also making them afraid to say no to her or ask anyone for help. The things this monster did to everyone who was unfortunate enough to become part of her life will make you feel the evil that is in this world. If You Tell takes us through the unbelievable life of this family; the suffering, the fear, and the final result. Will they find a light at the end of the tunnel? It is worth reading to find out.