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

She’s been a very good girl…
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Undone by Caitlin Crews

November 15, 2018

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The Orchid Girls by Lesley Sanderson

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November 14, 2018

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Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich

November 13, 2018

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The Reckoning by John Grisham

November 11, 2018

When we last saw Laurie Moran, she had recently become engaged to her show’s former host, Alex Buckley. Since then, the two have been happily planning...
You Don’t Own Me by Mary Higgins Clark

November 8, 2018

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Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

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Ten Two Jack by Diane Capri

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November 7, 2018

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Past Tense by Lee Child

November 7, 2018

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When You Find Me by P.J. Vernon

November 6, 2018

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Gingerbread and Deadly Dread by Addison Moore

November 2, 2018

In this dark, gripping mystery, a brutal murder unearths old secrets that should have stayed buried. A body just turned up in the small town of Portla...
River Bodies by Karen Katchur

November 2, 2018

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Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

October 31, 2018

Addie Greyborne loved working with rare books at the Boston Public Library—she even got to play detective, tracking down clues about mysterious old vo...
Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott

October 31, 2018

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A Bone to Pick by Melinda Leigh

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Closer by K.L. Slater

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Go to My Grave by Catriona McPherson

October 24, 2018

FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde is back home on a remote Pacific Northwest island when she gets the call: a teenager’s skeletal remains have been found o...
Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot

October 23, 2018

*A laugh out loud cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore* My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead pets. Okay, so on occasion I see a ...
Pumpkin Spice Sacrifice by Addison Moore

October 23, 2018