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Jessica opens her bedroom window in the middle of the night to catch a breeze, but instead, she witnesses something that will change the course of her life forever—her neighbor, David, loading his wife’s body onto the back of his truck. She soon learns David knows what she saw and will stop at nothing to eliminate the only witness to his crime.

With her young son Bryce in tow, Jessica flees across the border to Montana. She discovers her first love, Jon Kent, is back in town after an early retirement from the FBI. But he isn’t the only one in town. David surfaces to unleash hell on Jessica and everyone she loves.

Michelle Godard-Richer recently spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing her latest thriller, FATAL WITNESS.

When you first created your protagonist for this book, did you see an empty space in crime lit that you wanted to fill? What can you share about the inspiration for that character?
It’s always tempting to give our characters beauty or glamorous jobs and extraordinary lives. Sometimes I find those characters hard to connect with, so I resisted that urge. My protagonist is an average person with a normal job minding her own business when disaster strikes. She isn’t rich or poor but rather somewhere in the middle. Yet, she perseveres and evolves to survive. I’d like to think the average reader can identify with her journey and live the story alongside her.

Michelle Godard-Richer

In addition to a great read, what do you hope readers will take away from this story?
The theme of my series is unconditional love and what we are capable of doing to protect the ones we love the most. I hope readers will pick up on that and love those close to them a little more.

What can you share about what you’re working on next?
I’m working on the third book of The Fatal Series as well as a standalone psychological science fiction thriller.


Michelle Godard-Richer is an award-winning thriller, horror, and romance author living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada. With her degree in Criminology, she writes edge-of-your-seat suspenseful stories with strong protagonists and diabolical villains.

To learn more about the author and her work, please visit her website.