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

A murder at an elite New England college tears apart a group of friends – and one of them is playing a dangerous game – in this electrifying debut in ...
Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman

July 19, 2019

At an exclusive private school in Switzerland, mystery surrounds the identity of the beautiful girl who arrives each morning and leaves each afternoon...
The New Girl by Daniel Silva

July 17, 2019

The poverty-stricken past of Medeia is stained with blood that’s not hers, but it was the price paid for John to bring her into his wealthy life. His ...
Dear Anna by Katie Blanchard

July 17, 2019

An Amish grandmother is murdered on an abandoned farm, her seven year old granddaughter abducted. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder plunges headlong int...
Shamed by Linda Castillo

July 17, 2019

Their darkest secrets won’t stay buried forever… The butchered body of a professor is found in a private office of Exeter University. It is the first ...
Truth or Die by Katerina Diamond

July 13, 2019

Everything changed the night Flora Powell disappeared. Heather and Jess were best friends – until the night Heather’s sister vanished. Jess has never ...
Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas

July 12, 2019

A PERFECT FAMILY OR A PERFECT LIE? When Jo’s teenage daughter goes missing, she feels like the world is collapsing around her. Has Grace been taken or...
Deceive Me by Karen Cole

July 12, 2019

SINCLAIR WIFE DEAD! HUSBAND CLEARED! Police have ruled out suspicious circumstances in the investigation into the death of Elizabeth Sinclair, wife of...
The Dead Wife by Sue Fortin

July 12, 2019

You just dropped off your child at the bus stop. A panicked stranger calls your phone. Your child has been kidnapped, and the stranger explains that t...
The Chain by Adrian McKinty

July 11, 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...
Yule Log Eulogy by Addison Moore

July 11, 2019

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. But ...
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

July 10, 2019

FBI Agent Nell Flynn hasn’t been home in ten years. Nell and her father, Homicide Detective Martin Flynn, have never had much of a relationship. And S...
Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger

July 5, 2019

When website columnist Robin Diamond is contacted by true crime podcast producer Quentin Garrison, she assumes it’s a business matter. It’s not. Quent...
Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin

July 4, 2019

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only ru...
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

July 3, 2019

Samantha stumbled out of the party and on to a busy street only ten minutes away from her home. But she never made it home… Seven years after Samantha...
The Liar’s House by Carla Kovach

July 3, 2019

Cambridge, 1986. Alex, Karen, and Misty are an inseparable trio at Cambridge University – one can never be found far from the others. But when Alex di...
The Guilty Friend by Joanne Sefton

July 1, 2019

“She felt no remorse for drawing blood. In the context of their relationship, it had its place.” For Max and Laurel, nothing is off limits when they m...
Room 553 by Britney King

June 30, 2019

They killed his best friend. Now, someone must pay. Former soldier Max Savage lives off the grid, leaving behind the society that scorned him. But whe...
Savage Beast by Sloane Howell

June 30, 2019

When Teddy Fay receives a freelance assignment from a gentleman he can’t refuse, he jets off to Paris on the hunt for a treasonous criminal. But as Te...
Skin Game by Stuart Woods

June 28, 2019

Betty Wellows is running for her life . . . Young Betty dreams of settling down to an ordinary life in Hallsands with her fisherman husband. But when ...
You’ll Never See Me Again by Lesley Pearse

June 28, 2019