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

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

When a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sisters—one the dead man’s widow, the other his ex—must set aside mistrust and old resent...
The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

April 26, 2019

Is their family bond unbreakable?
Ruby lives one-step away from poverty on a rundown, crime-infested estate in Manchester, with Stella, her feckless, ...
Rosie and Ruby by Patricia Dixon

April 25, 2019

As she opened her eyes and took in her surroundings a feeling of terror ran through her weakened body. She knew exactly where she was. And she knew ex...
Where Angels Fear by D.K. Hood

April 25, 2019

Lucas Davenport pursues a prolific serial killer who has gone undetected for years in the newest nail-biter by #1 NewYork Times bestselling author Joh...
Neon Prey by John Sandford

April 25, 2019

My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead pets. On occasion I see a once-upon a human, too, but mostly it’s just cute little furry beasts who have come ...
Toxic Apple Turnovers by Addison Moore

April 25, 2019

Someone once told me that you have two families in your life – the one you are born into and the one you choose. Yes, you may get to choose your partn...
The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

April 24, 2019

Meet Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from. Except one person. Someone knows Aimee very well. They know ...
I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney

April 24, 2019

She’s hunting. He’s watching. Special Agent Macy Crow is a survivor. After a vicious hit-and-run nearly kills her, she gets right back to work, and no...
Hide and Seek by Mary Burton

April 23, 2019

I am naked, bruised, and clutching a blood-stained Oscar statue.
I didn’t mean to kill him. The last thing I want is the director of my film—my first ...
A Spy is Born by Emily Kimelman

April 22, 2019

Detective Amos Decker discovers that a mistake he made as a rookie detective may have led to deadly consequences in the latest Memory Man thriller in ...
Redemption by David Baldacci

April 18, 2019

A gripping thriller about three young girlfriends, a dark obsession and a chilling crime that shakes up a quiet Iowa town, from the New York Times bes...
Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

April 17, 2019

Something made him angry that night.
Something made her cry.
Something made Trixie disappear.
What if it was all the same thing? Fiona claims she does...
Last Girl Lied To by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

April 16, 2019

Twenty-four-year-old Charlotte Stahl would do anything for her older brother, Ian. After all, he’d done everything for her growing up. He played Burke...
The Rules of Burken by Traci Finlay

April 12, 2019

Can you love someone to death? Some would say Becky Gerard is a devoted mother and would do anything for her only child. Others claim she’s obsessed a...
Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer

April 11, 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 pets. On ...
Donut Disaster by Addison Moore

April 11, 2019

Erin Kelly, the masterful author of He Said/She Said, delivers another irresistible, unputdownable novel of psychological suspense. You can’t keep the...
Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly

April 10, 2019

Riches to rags. … Chaos quiets. … Crime is circling. … And cold cases never cease … After almost a month in picturesque Kelowna, Doreen Montgomery sti...
Dagger in the Dahlias by Dale Mayer

April 8, 2019

A mother’s chance decision leads to a twist of fate that is every parent’s worst nightmare. Claire Rawlings, mother of two and medical resident, will ...
Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly

April 6, 2019

All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. I...
Sleep by C.L. Taylor

April 6, 2019