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

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Macaron Massacre by Addison Moore

March 18, 2019

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Then, by ch...
Run Away by Harlan Coben

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An abrupt change; a new friendship; a dark secret…
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Knowing You by Samantha Tonge

March 15, 2019

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When All Is Said by Anne Griffin

March 13, 2019

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All the Wrong Places by Joy Fielding

March 13, 2019

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The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown

March 9, 2019

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A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro

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Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

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Luring by Blake Pierce

March 3, 2019

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A Justified Murder by Jude Deveraux

February 26, 2019

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Backlash by Lisa Jackson

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A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wife is holdin...
Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

February 20, 2019

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Lethal Lemon Bars by Addison Moore

February 16, 2019

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Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan

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Two women – desperate to unlock the truth.
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My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber

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A twenty-year-old local mystery that has never been sold.
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My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch

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No Stone Unturned by Julie Moffett

February 8, 2019

Death stalked the Vale.
In every corner, every whisper.
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Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain

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A search for the truth. A lifetime of lies. In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to ...
The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

February 6, 2019

Kimber Hannon’s belief that she has complete control over her life is shattered the night that she comes home from a trip to find her key no longer op...
The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict

February 6, 2019