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

Remember how many lies we told, Molly? It’s enough to make my head spin. You were wild when I met you, and I was mad for you. But then something happe...
We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott

February 6, 2019

The secret town of Rockton has seen some rocky times lately; understandable considering its mix of criminals and victims fleeing society for refuge wi...
Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong

February 5, 2019

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big window...
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

February 5, 2019

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead ...
Connections in Death by J.D. Robb

February 4, 2019

Abby Miller thought she had the perfect family; a good looking, loving husband and a beautiful daughter. Her life was complete. The shock discovery th...
She Saw What He Did by Lynda Renham

February 1, 2019

FBI Special Agent Mackenzie White, six months pregnant, calls off her formal wedding with Ellington and they elope instead. On their honeymoon, they f...
Before He Lapses by Blake Pierce

February 1, 2019

It was nothing more than a one-night stand. Juliana Brody, a judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, is rumored to be in consideration for the f...
Judgment by Joseph Finder

January 31, 2019

Teenage socialite Margo Manning leads a dangerous double life. By day, she dodges the paparazzi while soaking up California sunshine. By night, howeve...
Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

January 31, 2019

After surviving an infamous family tragedy, sixteen-year-old Kennedy Jones has made it her mission to keep her brother’s search through the cosmos ali...
Come Find Me by Megan Miranda

January 30, 2019

Riches to rags. … Chaos calms. … Crime quiets. … But does it really? After getting involved in two murder cases in the short time she’s lived in pictu...
Corpse in the Carnations by Dale Mayer

January 27, 2019

Just how far is a mother willing to go? When a mysterious note arrives for six months pregnant Dr Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of h...
Apple of My Eye by Claire Allan

January 26, 2019

Emily Jacobs, a nurse, is in hospital for a minor operation. When she wakes in the night, woozy with anaesthetic, she sees the doctor frantically tryi...
I’ll Find You by Liz Lawler

January 26, 2019

When a supposed serial killer and a supposed psychopath come together, things end very very badly—one bloody body at a time.
Someone is guilty. Someon...
The First Wife’s Secret by Addison Moore

January 25, 2019

A new cozy mystery series from USA Today best-selling author Dale Mayer. Follow gardener and amateur sleuth Doreen Montgomery—and her amusing and most...
Bones in the Begonias by Dale Mayer

January 25, 2019

Dismas Hardy knows something is amiss with his trusted secretary, Phyllis. Her out-of-character behavior and sudden disappearances concern Hardy, espe...
The Rule of Law by John Lescroart

January 23, 2019

In the race to save one of their own, Sigma Force must wrestle with the deepest spiritual mysteries of mankind in this mind-expanding adventure from t...
Crucible by James Rollins

January 23, 2019

All Stevie Bell wanted was to find the key to the Ellingham mystery, but instead she found her classmate dead. And while she solved that murder, the c...
The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

January 22, 2019

Riches to rags. … Controlling to chaos. … But murder … seriously? After her ex-husband leaves her high and dry, former socialite Doreen Montgomery’s c...
Arsenic in the Azaleas by Dale Mayer

January 22, 2019

When U.S. intelligence agencies invite teen geek and ace hacker, Angel Sinclair, and her friends to try out for a highly competitive school for govern...
Knight Moves by Julie Moffett

January 20, 2019

What happens when you’re really, truly done making your marriage work? You can’t be married to someone without sometimes wanting to bash them over the...
As Long as We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney

January 18, 2019