Suspense

Suspense is a feeling of uncertainty and anxiety about the outcome of certain actions, most often referring to an audience's perceptions in a dramatic work. Suspense is not exclusive to fiction, though. Suspense may operate in any situation where there is a lead up to a big event or dramatic moment, with tension being a primary emotion felt as part of the situation. In the kind of suspense described by film director Alfred Hitchcock, an audience experiences suspense when they expect something bad to happen and have (or believe they have) a superior perspective on events in the drama's hierarchy of knowledge, yet they are powerless to intervene to prevent it from happening. In broader definitions of suspense, this emotion arises when someone is aware of his lack of knowledge about the development of a meaningful event; thus, suspense is a combination of anticipation and uncertainty dealing with the obscurity of the future. In terms of narrative expectations, it may be contrasted with mystery or curiosity and surprise.

Suspense

I suppose everyone has regrets, wonders what if? People all have their reasons for living here. Who knows what lies behind the pretty curtains and the...
The Woman Next Door by Sue Watson

May 23, 2019

The night she moves in with Peter, she’s so happy, so exhilarated, so in love. Later, she will remember a much smaller feeling, a tiny one percent in ...
The Women by S.E. Lynes

May 23, 2019

My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead people. Okay, so I rarely see dead people, mostly I see furry creatures of the dearly departed variety, aka de...
Killer Cupcakes by Addison Moore

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Josie Waters has to admit she may have acted a bit hastily when she agreed to purchase the Oyster Cove Guesthouse – a charmingly gabled Victorian mans...
A Twist in the Tail by Leighann Dobbs

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It’s not every day you have to return to your hometown to bind your borderline-poltergeist grandmother to the family property.
Unfortunately, today is...
Dangerous Magic by Evie Hart

May 17, 2019

Riches to rags. … Controlling to chaos. … But murder … well maybe … Doreen’s success at solving murders has hit the newswires across the country, but ...
Evidence in the Echinacea by Dale Mayer

May 10, 2019

In THE PERFECT HOUSE (Book #3), criminal profiler Jessie Hunt, 29, fresh from the FBI Academy, returns to find herself hunted by her murderous father,...
The Perfect House by Blake Pierce

May 9, 2019

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The Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich

May 8, 2019

Must be blonde, beautiful, and a good Catholic girl… On a sunny morning in late September, Shannon Blaine, a blonde, green-eyed 34-year old wife and m...
Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White

May 7, 2019

Rose Gardner collects secrets the way other people collect junk—and now she’s being asked to expose them. Special Prosecutor Mason Deveraux has called...
Come Rain or Shine by Denise Grover Swank

May 7, 2019

‘If you’re reading this, I’m dead.’ Rejected by her family and plagued by insomnia, Rose Shaw is on the brink. But one dark evening she collides with ...
Night By Night by Jack Jordan

May 3, 2019

An eerie, old Scottish manor in the middle of nowhere that’s now hers. Ailsa Calder has inherited half of a house. The other half belongs to a man who...
The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott

May 2, 2019

She can’t ignore a cry for help. But in this remote hunting town, it’s open season. Gwen Proctor escaped her serial-killer husband and saved her famil...
Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine

May 2, 2019

When a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sisters—one the dead man’s widow, the other his ex—must set aside mistrust and old resent...
The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

April 26, 2019

Is their family bond unbreakable?
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Rosie and Ruby by Patricia Dixon

April 25, 2019

As she opened her eyes and took in her surroundings a feeling of terror ran through her weakened body. She knew exactly where she was. And she knew ex...
Where Angels Fear by D.K. Hood

April 25, 2019

Lucas Davenport pursues a prolific serial killer who has gone undetected for years in the newest nail-biter by #1 NewYork Times bestselling author Joh...
Neon Prey by John Sandford

April 25, 2019

My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead pets. On occasion I see a once-upon a human, too, but mostly it’s just cute little furry beasts who have come ...
Toxic Apple Turnovers by Addison Moore

April 25, 2019

Someone once told me that you have two families in your life – the one you are born into and the one you choose. Yes, you may get to choose your partn...
The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

April 24, 2019

Meet Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from. Except one person. Someone knows Aimee very well. They know ...
I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney

April 24, 2019