"Petty’s real-life account..of attempted murder is so dizzyingly intricate that it feels straight out of a Hollywood movie ...A thoroughly riveting and often enlightening true story of proliferating hardships." — Kirkus Reviews

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Escaping Abuse, a Cult, Attempted Murder, and Other Insanities. . . a Story That Cannot Be True, But Is

Have you ever wanted to give up? I have. You can overcome insurmountable odds and create a life you love. I did.
Just don’t quit. 

As if surviving years of childhood abuse and narrowly escaping a cult and my mother’s insanity wasn’t enough, I ended up married to a physically and emotionally abusive woman with a hidden drug habit. I tried to make it work. I really did. Despite my success in climbing the corporate ladder my questionable instincts caused me to stay in a toxic business environment longer than I should have. Because of my warped sense of what was acceptable, and even desirable, I ignored countless red flags. Many times I wondered, How much more can one person take?

After almost dying, I finally realized that the changes I needed to make were so vast and far-reaching that they could only be achieved by exploding the life I had and deliberately creating a new one. For me, it began when I realized that I worked for an organized crime family – who I suspect was trying to kill me for knowing too much. Does this sound impossible? Well, dear reader, I dare you to open the pages of this book, and be the judge. This is my story – the one that I wish wasn’t true, but is. Join me on this intense adventure, and here’s a spoiler alert – I’m not dead.

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About Kendra:

KENDRA PETTY is a woman who has succeeded in an all-male industry, becoming an Executive Vice President at two firms. Kendra is a dynamic public speaker, powerful negotiator, and dealmaker. She loves bouldering and scrambling in the mountains of California, Nevada, and Arizona. A boater for many years, Kendra also loves fast cars and traveling. I Can’t Believe I’m Not Dead is her debut memoir.