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 deadly fire exposes the dark side of Amish life in this harrowing new thriller in the New York Times bestselling series. When a historic barn burns ...
A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo

July 12, 2018

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones returns with the second book in her electrifying series featuring Lilah Love, an FBI profiler who d...
Murder Girl by Lisa Renee Jones

July 11, 2018

For readers of Gillian Flynn and Donna Tartt, a dark, propulsive and addictive debut thriller, splashed with all the glitz and glitter of New York Cit...
Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

July 10, 2018

Jack Ryan Jr. finds that the scars of war can last a lifetime in the latest entry in Tom Clancy’s #1 New York Times bestselling series. Twenty-six yea...
Tom Clancy Line of Sight by Mike Maden

July 9, 2018

Across Europe, a secret organization has begun attacking diplomats. Back in the United States, a foreign ally demands the identity of a highly placed ...
Spymaster by Brad Thor

July 4, 2018

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma D...
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

July 3, 2018

In this riveting page-turner from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson, a woman searches for the mother she hasn’t seen in twenty years, ...
Liar, Liar by Lisa Jackson

July 3, 2018

SHE SWORE TO KEEP HER PROMISES. BUT CAN SHE KEEP THEM SAFE…AND PROTECT HER HEART? Charleston Police Officer Alyssa Adams made a promise years ago to p...
Broken Promise by Tara Thomas

July 3, 2018

A woman’s disappearance exposes a life of secrets in a twisting novel of psychological suspense from the author of The Memory Watcher. Meredith Price ...
The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent

July 2, 2018

Her name was Rose. You watched her die. And her death has created a vacancy. When Emily lets a stranger step out in front of her, she never imagines t...
Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan

July 1, 2018

In this riveting tale of psychological suspense, a divorce lawyer risks her career, her sanity, and her life when she falls into an illicit, all-consu...
Mine by J.L. Butler

June 27, 2018

This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s been searching for the truth all these years . . ...
Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

June 27, 2018

AMELIA has always felt like a happy life is just out of reach. Having moved every few years with her mom and sister, she’s always had a hard time maki...
Now You See Her by Lisa Leighton

June 27, 2018

‘I wish he’d just DIE.’ Vicki’s husband David once promised to love her in sickness and in health. But after a brutal attack left her suffering with e...
The Dead Ex by Jane Corry

June 24, 2018

How do you catch a killer who is yet to kill? We all know the signs. Cruelty, lack of empathy, the killing of animals. Now, pets on suburban London st...
The Killing Habit by Mark Billingham

June 24, 2018

A serial killer returns after years of inactivity in this gripping new thriller. The green paint bathtub killer had Reacher Running Blind back in the ...
Black Jack by Diane Capri

June 23, 2018

Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…
Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole wo...
Silent Scream by Angela Marsons

June 21, 2018

Doting wife, devoted husband, cherished child. Merry, Sam, and Conor are the perfect family in the perfect place. Merry adores the domestic life: baki...
You Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks

June 20, 2018

We’re not just siblings; we’re twins. We’re supposed to be able to read each other’s thoughts. Although Eli is a few minutes younger, he always seemed...
What My Sister Knew by Nina Laurin

June 19, 2018

22 year old psychology major—and aspiring FBI agent—Riley Paige finds herself in a battle for her life as her closest friends on campus are abducted a...
Watching by Blake Pierce

June 15, 2018