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

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new ...
The Whisper Man by Alex North

August 21, 2019

But it’s the lies that keep you safe. Single mother Lee has the daily routine down to a science: shower in six minutes. Cut food into perfect squares....
Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey

August 15, 2019

Stone Barrington is getting some much-needed rest and relaxation in the Florida sun when trouble falls from the sky–literally. Intrigued by the suspic...
Contraband by Stuart Woods

August 15, 2019

Two roads lead to Mount Hope. None leads out. There’s no place to run in a community that’s been taken–and is being intentionally kept–off the grid. A...
The Warning by James Patterson

August 15, 2019

A baker who sees the dead. One too many suitors.
And a killer. Living in Honey Hollow can be murder. My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead people. O...
Pancake Panic by Addison Moore

August 15, 2019

—A STORM IS COMING— In Alabama: A deadly outbreak of tornadoes sends K9 handlers, Ryder Creed and Jason Seaver with their scent dogs, Grace and Scout ...
Desperate Creed by Alex Kava

August 12, 2019

In a large house in London’s fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her u...
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

August 11, 2019

Riches to rags. … Controlling to chaos. … But murder … not this time! One night 10 years ago, 8-year-old Crystal, vanished from her bed in her parents...
Footprints in the Ferns by Dale Mayer

August 7, 2019

On the run from the FBI.
Targeted by a murderous cult.
Labeled a cyber-terrorist by the media.
Irritated texts from his best friend.
Eye contact with ...
Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman

August 6, 2019

The perfect life. The perfect love. The perfect lie. From the bestselling author of The Girl Before comes a gripping new psychological thriller. . . ....
The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney

August 6, 2019

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying pos...
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

August 6, 2019

A gripping stand-alone novel from the world’s bestselling thriller writer Ex-Boston homicide detective Billy Robinson has retreated to a quiet life on...
The Inn by James Patterson

August 5, 2019

As the brutal Russian mafia becomes the most powerful and deadly criminal enterprise in the country, the U.S. has a new hero, Rob Tacoma, in New York ...
The Russian by Ben Coes

August 4, 2019

It can be hard keeping secrets in a tight-knit neighbourhood. In a tranquil, leafy suburb of ordinary streets – one where everyone is polite and frien...
Someone We Know by Shari Lapena

August 1, 2019

Natalie, a young art student in New York City, is struggling to pay her bills when a friend makes a suggestion: Why not go online and find a sugar dad...
The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

July 31, 2019

In this game, even winning can be deadly… Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it—teaching diving lessons, b...
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

July 31, 2019

In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know–everyone, that is, except Madeline “Maddie” Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, ...
Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

July 30, 2019

On a dark night, Agent Sherlock is driving along circuitous mountain roads in West Virginia when her car is suddenly T-boned at an intersection. As he...
Labyrinth by Catherine Coulter

July 30, 2019

A journalist shows up on Eve Duncan’s doorstep with a plea for help. Jill Cassidy has just come from a small African village with a heart wrenching st...
Smokescreen by Iris Johansen

July 30, 2019

Lucy gets the same bus every day. This Friday, her journey home will change her life. She can barely afford her bus ride, tries to avoid eye contact, ...
A Face in the Crowd by Kerry Wilkinson

July 29, 2019