Flawless Witness delivers an in-depth look into the motivations of the antagonist featured in a previous installment, providing insight into his motivations.


About The Book

Flower Girl Novella
Publication Date: January 11, 2022

Suzanna Jordan suppressed the memories of Jonathan’s abuse for thirty-six years, but when a tell-all journal surfaces after his death, a legacy of cruelty haunts her from beyond the grave. But will Jonathan’s darkness, bared for all to see, drag Suzanna into despair, or will these revelations free her soul to bear witness to his abuse and finally offer her the closure she so desperately seeks?

NOTE TO REVIEWERS: This story contains elements of sensitive material often associated with narcissistic behaviors such as egocentrism, emotional abuse, betrayal, and exploitation.



The Review

Author Merida Johns uses Flawless Witness as a sequel to Flower Girl, a powerful story about a woman who struggles to free herself from a predatory relationship with Jonathan Herbert Spencer III.

The sequel begins three decades after the end of Flower Girl and focuses on a tell-all journal discovered after Jonathan’s death. As Suzanna gets a look at her former husband’s personal thoughts, the past comes roaring back to life.

Suzanna could easily have been described as the one who got away. Based on the journal, Jonathan is obsessed with her, going so far as to hire private investigators to follow her. Jonathan’s narcissistic behavior is on display.

The challenge is for Suzanna to determine whether she can forgive the transgressions. One of the powerful statements noted in the story is that forgiveness doesn’t equal reconciliation.

While the journal depicts someone who is clearly a predator, there is a sense that context is missing for those of us who have not read the previous book. My advice would be to read Flower Girl first.

Flawless Witness delivers an in-depth look into the motivations of the antagonist featured in a previous installment, providing insight into his motivations.

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About The Author

Merida Johns writes about the human experience—which often is messy. She shows how ordinary people tackle challenges, live through sorrow and betrayal, and struggle with doubt. But despite this, they gather the strength to act on their aspirations and achieve flourishing lives.

“My insight into the power of fiction came during a conference call in late 2017 with fellow life coaches when I asked, ‘What would it be like to help people achieve a flourishing life through storytelling instead of another self-help book?’

After that phone call, I got started answering that question. Five years later, the result is the publication of my debut novel Blackhorse Road and a second novel, Flower Girl. Both works are women’s fiction, and the driving force of the stories is the protagonist’s journey toward a flourishing life.

Now, I’m thrilled about the recent release of Flawless Witness—a story of a woman who has suppressed the memories of her ex-husband’s abuse for three decades. But when a tell-all journal surfaces after his death, a legacy of cruelty haunts her from beyond the grave.

Before writing fiction, I was a professor, author of health informatics and leadership textbooks, and leadership coach focusing on helping women break the glass ceiling and fulfill their leadership and economic potential. 

My husband and I reside in the beautiful Midwest countryside. This is where I find the serenity and space for bringing to life the stories of everyday people who face and overcome extraordinary challenges by finding and following their North Star.


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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


  1. Thank you, Amy, for posting and your review.

    It was only after readers of Flower Girl kept urging me to know more about what made the story’s antagonist Jonathan Herbert Spencer III tick that I began writing the novel’s sequel, Flawless Witness.

    I approached the story with curiosity and trepidation—mostly the latter, unsure whether I wanted to travel down the dark hole of Jonathan’s mind. Digging into the motivations and specific behaviors associated with egocentrism, emotional abuse, betrayal, and exploitation often associated with narcissism would not be uplifting, to say the least!

    But the critique of the first manuscript draft by the beta readers and the developmental edit critique by Diane Donovan—that the exploration of the predator’s mindset and his prey’s actions and reactions deserves to be not just on bookshelves, but an intrinsic part of any discussion groups centered on healing, recovery, and insights about predatory behaviors—convinced me that the benefits of Flawless Witness to readers outweighed any reservations I had in writing the story.

    I hope, in the end, the work provides a realistic portrayal of an emotional predator’s mindset and does justice for those like Suzanna who have borne witness.

    Cheers, Merida Johns


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Flawless Witness delivers an in-depth look into the motivations of the antagonist featured in a previous installment, providing insight into his motivations.3.5-STAR REVIEW: FLAWLESS WITNESS by Merida Johns