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

With his dying breath, Carl Venable, head of the CIA task force on terrorism and Jude Brandon’s final link to terrorist ringleader Max Huber, gives Br...
Vendetta by Iris Johansen

December 28, 2018

Jessie, thriving again in downtown LA, is sure she’s moved on from her suburban nightmare. Ready to put her failed marriage behind her, she lands a jo...
The Perfect Block by Blake Pierce

December 27, 2018

Private Investigator Lexi Graves couldn’t be happier. All she has left to do is wrap up a case between a fighting married couple before she can focus ...
Very Special Forces by Camilla Chafer

December 24, 2018

After lying dormant for 10 years, an elusive serial killer strikes again, leaving few clues—and the only way for FBI Special Agent Riley Paige to catc...
Once Dormant by Blake Pierce

December 20, 2018

It’s summertime in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and the clamming is easy—or it was until a mysterious new neighbor blocks access to the beach, cutting off ...
Steamed Open by Barbara Ross

December 18, 2018

A grand estate, terrible secrets, and a young woman who bears witness to it all. If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love child, Emma Rous...
The Au Pair by Emma Rous

December 17, 2018

FBI Evidence Response Team intern Chloe Fine, 27, finds herself forced to confront her own dark past when her troubled twin sister needs her help—and ...
Next Door by Blake Pierce

December 13, 2018

The curious flight patterns of crows lead a teen computer programmer down a path of mystery and romance. Gin trusts logic a little too much. She even ...
Crow Flight by Susan Cunningham

December 12, 2018

On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, t...
For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt

December 11, 2018

New York Times-bestselling author Robin Cook takes on the cutting-edge world of gene-modification in this pulse-pounding new medical thriller. When an...
Pandemic by Robin Cook

December 11, 2018

Paradise is stalked by a relentless evil. What would you do if your family was threatened? Sophie just wants to settle down with her unusual family—bu...
Wired Courage by Toby Neal

December 7, 2018

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 bac...
Bloodbaths and Banana Cake by Addison Moore

December 7, 2018

All of their extraordinary adventures makes an ordinary vacation very appealing Danni Cafferty and Michael Quinn are happy to accept an invitation to ...
Bitter Reckoning by Heather Graham

December 3, 2018

They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strange...
Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb

December 3, 2018

SHE LOOKS LIKE ME. SHE SOUNDS LIKE ME. NOW SHE’S TRYING TO TAKE MY PLACE. Liz Kendall wouldn’t hurt a fly. She’s a gentle woman devoted to bringing up...
Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey

November 29, 2018

She was one of the most sought after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted—even another woman’s man. And no...
Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb

November 28, 2018

When Ella wakes up in a hospital following a hit-and-run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card o...
The Liar’s Wife by Samantha Hayes

November 26, 2018

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 ...
Seven-Layer Slayer by Addison Moore

November 26, 2018

Hidden Falls is exactly as Samantha Parker left it—small, insular, and prone to gossip. Eighteen years have passed since she witnessed her brother’s m...
Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton

November 22, 2018

Criminal profiler in training (and newlywed) Jessie Hunt, 29, discovers that dark secrets lurk in her new suburban town; when a body turns up dead, sh...
The Perfect Wife by Blake Pierce

November 22, 2018