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

Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich
Stephanie Plum’s career has taken more wrong turns than a student driver on the Jersey Turnpike, and her love life is a hopeless tangle. In order to s...
November 12, 2019
Santa Claws Calamity by Addison Moore
My name is Bizzy Baker, and I can read minds—not every mind, not every time but most of the time and believe me when I say it’s not all it’s cracked u...
November 10, 2019
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark
When investigative journalist Gina Kane receives an email from a “CRyan” describing her “terrible experience” while working at REL, a high-profile tel...
November 10, 2019
Gun in the Gardenias by Dale Mayer
Riches to rags. … Chaos to more chaos. … Fire destroys evidence. … Or at least most of it! Flush with success from solving a decade-old kidnapping cas...
November 7, 2019
Deadly Little Scandals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
“Think of the White Gloves like the Junior League-by way of Skull and Bones?” Reluctant debutante Sawyer Taft joined Southern high society for one rea...
November 6, 2019
Break the Silence by D.K. Hood
Her head throbbed as she stumbles up the stairs. Music vibrating and the sound of partygoers fill her head as she walks into one of the dark, empty ro...
November 5, 2019
Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza
From the breakthrough international bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice, a breathtaking, page-turning novel about a disgraced female detective’s...
November 2, 2019
Once Missed by Blake Pierce
A serial killer is striking seemingly at random, first killing a man in his 50s, then a woman in her 50s. The only thing that links them is the lone s...
October 31, 2019
Blue Moon by Lee Child
“This is a random universe,” Reacher says. “Once in a blue moon things turn out just right.” This isn’t one of those times. Reacher is on a Greyhound ...
October 31, 2019
Traces of Her by Amanda Brittany
An unsolved murder. Rose isn’t surprised anymore when her free-spirited step-sister, Willow, decides to disappear off somewhere without notice. But so...
October 26, 2019
Her Mother’s Lies by Rona Halsall
What if the person you trust most in the world, has been lying to you for your whole life? Martha would do anything for her devoted mother, Fran. Now ...
October 26, 2019
In My Mother’s Name by Laura Elliot
A swallow flutters its wings into a dimly lit attic as Adele Foyle stumbles across the secret diary of the mother she has never met, and a shocking ac...
October 25, 2019
The Deserter by Nelson DeMille
When Captain Kyle Mercer of the Army’s elite Delta Force disappeared from his post in Afghanistan, a video released by his Taliban captors made intern...
October 24, 2019
Devil’s Food Cake Doom by Addison Moore
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...
October 24, 2019
The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch and LAPD Detective Renee Ballard come together again on the murder case that obsessed Bosch’s mentor, the man who trained him — new from #...
October 23, 2019
Seven Days by Alex Lake
A race against time to save her child… In seven days, Maggie’s son, Max, turns three. But she’s not planning a party or buying presents or updating hi...
October 20, 2019
Broken Souls by Patricia Gibney
One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective L...
October 18, 2019
Close to You by Kerry Wilkinson
I pinch the screen to zoom until I’m staring at the face of a ghost. A man with very short hair, staring directly at the camera with piercing brown ey...
October 18, 2019
Stealth by Stuart Woods
Stone Barrington faces down danger on New York’s mean streets in the latest thriller from perennial fan favorite Stuart Woods. Upon returning to the s...
October 17, 2019
The Guardians by John Grisham
In the small north Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left n...
October 16, 2019