She Survived: Melissa

She Survived: Melissa

by M. William Phelps, Melissa Schickel

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Fighting for her life . . .

A few days before her 26th birthday, Melissa Schickel returned to her Indianapolis home and went to bed. An hour later, she was yanked from her dreams into terror. An intruder held her down, brutally beating and stabbing her.

Melissa fought fiercely.  The assailant fled, leaving her to face a long road to recovery from deep-seated fear and post-traumatic stress. She tells her exclusive true story as part of a compelling narrative by bestselling crime expert M. William Phelps. Her strength and courage will inspire all women with similar experiences to think of themselves proudly as survivors—not victims.

"Phelps clearly shows how the ugliest crimes can take place in the quietest of suburbs." —Library Journal on Never See Them Again

  "Phelps is a true-crime veteran."—New York Post

"Anything by Phelps is always an eye-opening experience." —Suspense Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786034567
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/30/2014
Series: She Survived
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 156,407
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling investigative journalist and serial killer expert M. William Phelps is the author of thirty-one nonfiction books and has appeared on over 100 television shows. He created, produced and starred in the series Dark Minds and is one of the stars of Deadly Women and Oxygen's Snapped, Killer Couples and KillerPost. Radio America calls him "the nation's leading authority on the mind of the female murderer." Touched by tragedy himself through the unsolved murder of his sister-in-law, Phelps is able to enter the hearts and minds of his subjects like no one else. He lives in a Connecticut farming community and can be reached at his website,

Melissa Schickel was just 25 when she survived a near-fatal attack by a violent criminal. Today she works as a paralegal. She enjoys attending hockey games, comedy shows, and taking her Dalmatian mix and gray and black Catahoula Leopard/Blue Heeler mix for walks. She lives in the Midwest and hopes to one day become a fulltime comedy writer.

Melissa shows her compassion for animals through her support of Pals for Paws, a dog rescue group powered by an all-volunteer staff who are passionate about improving the lives of pets in their community. To honor Melissa’s courage in sharing her story in this book, Kensington Publishing Corp. has made a donation to this organization. To learn more, to foster or adopt a dog, or to make a donation of your own, please contact:

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She Survived: Melissa 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little disappointed in this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
M William Phelps is trully a wonderful investigative journalist - writter. I love reading true crime novels and M William Phelps is my favorite. I would recommend this (and have). You will not be disappointed with this or any of Phelps books! A++