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

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Pumpkin Pie Parting by Addison Moore

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The House on the Edge of the Cliff by Carol Drinkwater

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A shocking discovery.
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Come Back For Me by Heidi Perks

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Nothing to Hide by Allison Brennan

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The First Mistake by Sandie Jones

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The Vanishing Season by Dot Hutchison

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Sconed to Death by Lynn Cahoon

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Mine by Courtney Cole

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The Women by S.E. Lynes

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The Woman Next Door by Sue Watson

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Unfortunately, today is...
Dangerous Magic by Evie Hart

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A Twist in the Tail by Leighann Dobbs

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Evidence in the Echinacea by Dale Mayer

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The Perfect House by Blake Pierce

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The Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich

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Come Rain or Shine by Denise Grover Swank

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Must be blonde, beautiful, and a good Catholic girl… On a sunny morning in late September, Shannon Blaine, a blonde, green-eyed 34-year old wife and m...
Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White

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Night By Night by Jack Jordan

May 3, 2019

She can’t ignore a cry for help. But in this remote hunting town, it’s open season. Gwen Proctor escaped her serial-killer husband and saved her famil...
Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine

May 2, 2019