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

Best friends forever. That’s the pact you made.
You’d do anything for her.
And you have.
She’s always had it all.
If you could take it for yourself . ...
Betray Her by Caroline England

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Instinct by James Patterson

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The Bitterroots by C.J. Box

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The Falling of Stars by Traci Finlay

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Dex by Donna Michaels

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Old Bones by Douglas Preston

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Vendetta in Death by J.D. Robb

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A Better Man by Louise Penny

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When Manhattanite Sarah Rock meets a mysterious and handsome stranger in the park, she is drawn to him. Sarah wants to get away from her daily routine...
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Once Shunned by Blake Pierce

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*This title is also known as “The Perfect Betrayal” in some countries. A disturbing and shocking debut novel of psychological suspense about a recentl...
The Perfect Son by Lauren North

August 23, 2019