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

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for...
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

January 16, 2018

Two true-crime thrillers as seen on Discovery’s Murder is Forever TV series – premiering January 2018 MURDER, INTERRUPTED. Rich, cheating financier Fr...
Murder, Interrupted by James Patterson

January 13, 2018

WIFE. MISTRESS. MURDERER. If you were being framed for murder, how far would you go to clear your name? The debut psychological thriller that reads as...
The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft

January 12, 2018

Sophie’s husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. ...
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

January 12, 2018

There are three things you should know about Elsie.
The first thing is that she’s my best friend.
The second is that she always knows what to say to m...
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

January 12, 2018

Two true-crime thrillers as seen on Discovery’s Murder is Forever TV series HOME SWEET MURDER: Lawyer Leo Fisher and his wife Sue are a sixty-one-year...
Home Sweet Murder by James Patterson

January 12, 2018

She thought she was free of the past. She was wrong. Six years ago Isla was the only victim to walk free from Carl Jeffery’s vicious murder spree. Now...
Her Last Lie by Amanda Brittany

January 10, 2018

When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter,...
Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

January 10, 2018

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. When you read this book, you wi...
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

January 10, 2018

Four suburban mothers and friends conspire to cover up a deadly crime in this heart-stopping novel of suspense in the tradition of Lisa Scottoline and...
Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake

January 9, 2018

Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she’s never without someone to ha...
Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

January 7, 2018

The irrepressibly charming duo of Emerson Knight and Riley Moon returns in another gripping mystery by #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evan...
Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich

January 6, 2018

Stone Barrington is pulled along for the ride when a friend pursues a perilous course of vengeance in the newest novel from #1 New York Times–bestsell...
Unbound by Stuart Woods

January 3, 2018

A bomb is more than a weapon. A bomb is an expression of the bomber’s predictions of human behavior–a performance designed to fool you into making one...
The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry

January 3, 2018

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay s...
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

January 3, 2018

What did she see?
It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York h...
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

January 3, 2018

Beautiful. Perfect. Dead. In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes i...
Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

January 2, 2018

When her fiancé is shot in an apparent assassination attempt, private investigator Lexi Graves’ world is thrown into chaos and turmoil. With the list ...
Rules of Engagement by Camilla Chafer

December 24, 2017

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, i...
The Child by Fiona Barton

December 14, 2017

Katie LeClair has finally settled down as the new doctor in Baxter, MI. After years of moving, schooling, and training, she wants nothing more than to...
Unnatural Causes by Dawn Eastman

December 13, 2017