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A chilling, eye-opening story of marriage and attempted murder, revealing the truth about a case that made headlines around the world.

On Easter Sunday 2015, experienced skydiver Victoria Cilliers undertook a parachute jump, a gift from her husband, British Army Sergeant Emile Cilliers. Her parachutes failed to open, and she plummeted 4,000 feet to the ground, sustaining life-threatening injuries. Miraculously, she survived.  

Then the police arrived at her door.  

Someone had tampered with her parachute, and they suspected Emile.

In I Survived, Victoria describes how she fell for Emile and how the charming man she thought she knew gradually revealed a darker side, chipping away at her self-worth until she found it impossible to sift truth from lies.  

Can she really believe that her husband - the father of their two young children - tried to kill her? 

As more shocking revelations come to light and she has to face his trial and relentless media scrutiny, she struggles to come to terms with the past.  

Even a guilty verdict does not free her because Emile is not ready to let her go.

Powerful and honest, I Survived is the story of a woman who was put through hell and yet found the strength to forge a new life for herself and her children.

©2020 Victoria Cilliers (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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I survived, and missed so manny red flags.

I was captivated the whole time, wanting more and not wanting to stop listening. The book is raw and shows a woman's strength and honesty.

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Interesting

It was a little hard to get into . Whether it was the narrator or the story - not sure , but I persisted and finally liked the outcome .

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powerful

I had a bit of a cry at the end of this book as it was such a powerful story. It was written in such a powerful manner with the ultimate story being about her story her truth her strength and her power within herself. I really appreciate her sharing her story it was lovely to listen to!

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Amazing story

Fascinating story, well told Very moving Highly recommended Always interesting to relate to the challenges of domestic abuse

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  • Sandy
  • 07-08-2020

Beware sky diving Birthday gift from your husbands, ladies

Narrator’s voice a bit grating. Really wish author had have been able to explain why she thought her husband ‘still loved her’ despite him stealing from her, having multiple affairs, lying to her and just generally being a smuck. I understand about domestic abuse and all it’s forms, but this poor ladies take on it makes you want to scream out loud. She kept saying he would not have wanted to hurt the children! All of the above and killing their Mother, would have certainly hurt them. This book tells her story but doesn’t really explain things properly. I’m left frustrated!!!!!

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  • Jackie
  • 24-10-2020

Many lessons...especially young women

Hindsight is exactly that.. and learning how many challenges and how many career climbs Victoria made, a reaction could be about the blinders and denials so many think they would have dealt with...but this book is also a lesson in how far women...and men...have not come. Too many children are not raised to be self-sufficient, secure in the fact it is okay to get a founndation in their own life and to find the love we need and want through family and friends without the false belief that your life is not comlplete wiithout a partner. It is not that 1/2 + 1/2 = 1 but that 1 +1 = 2. So many of us find that out so late....children need this understanding as much as math and science. We cant all be rich or own homes or travel the world but we can be happy in who we are. Thanks, Victoria, for being brave enough to share your life and inner growth.. i wish you all you certainly are deserving of.

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  • Khadeisha
  • 16-09-2020

What, Why and How?

Its quite distressing to hear how long the abuse went on for in this story and the fact this intelligent person put up with it and blamed herself for so long. I felt aggrieved she even visited him in prison. What a hold one human being can have over another and to what lengths they can be tested before they wake up. A survivors story indeed .

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  • L. BETTLES
  • 10-08-2020

I Survived!

This book is a triumph in survival...I loved this book I had followed the case when the story broke and I was pleased to get the facts from someone who was there and as a result the book is a record of dark domestic abuse which at times is so uncomfortable to read. Many times during the book your left thinking how could you not know???? But the reality is his abuse had such an acidic hold all she believed was his warped reality. The narration was excellent and a pleasure to listen to. This book is testaments I the human spirit and I wish the author every success you deserve to be happy.

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  • GoMunkee
  • 19-01-2021

An eye-opening account of domestic abuse

I'm in an abusive relationship, but like Vicky, it took me years to understand what was happening to me. There is a huge awakening happening to the evils of narcissistic, coercive control and domestic abuse/violence. I'm urging members of my FB community for narcissistic abuse to read this book. Anyone who had not gone through domestic abuse would probably question Vicky's self-denial, forgiveness of her husband and blindness to what was happening, even before the fall. But for those of us who live through it with our families, this is textbook. It shows that given half a chance and a financial incentive, narcs will commit the ultimate betrayal. 'I Survived' screams 'narcissist' about Emile. It's absolutely gripping, and well told. Five stars all round.

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  • Jo Shap
  • 18-01-2021

Unput-downable!

Shocking story but the courage of the author is uplifting. I loved the narration and also the writing style. Coercive control is insidious - much clearer to an outsider than the recipient. If you know this, it is easier to understand why one cannot easily extricate themselves from such a toxic relationship, never mind the feeling of being trapped when caring for young children. I applaud the bravery of Victoria - keeping on going through painful physical injuries and trauma. So many others would have given up. Thank you for sharing your story. Wishing you all the best.

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  • helen wright
  • 31-12-2020

Strong & Brave Lady

Glad I found this, I’d rather have read it as I didn’t enjoy the narration.

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  • 28-12-2020

Brave, honest book well written and read

A brave, inspiring woman who endured so much with such grace. Great book and good narrator.

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  • Sow Much More
  • 27-12-2020

Very helpful

I have recently escaped a coercive and controlling relationship and whilst mine didn’t end with my attempted murder, it could have done. Reading this book has helped me reconcile some of the guilt I felt for running away. It’s brilliantly written and helpful for anyone struggling with domestic abuse, current and past. I’m grateful for the strength of Victoria for writing it.

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  • M. D. Wilson
  • 15-10-2020

Best book in a good whil

Very interesting and addictive listen. Listened in 2 evenings. I do recommend to true crime lovers.

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