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

Harry Bosch searches for the truth in the new thriller from #1 NYT bestselling author Michael Connelly Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold...
Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly

November 2, 2017

Matthew Corbin suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. He hasn’t been to school in weeks. His hands are cracked and bleeding from cleaning....
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

November 1, 2017

Alex loves Mark. Mark loves Alex. But is love enough? Since moving to London from the US, twenty-four-year-old Alex Sinclair seems to have it all: a c...
Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris

October 27, 2017

In this page-turner of a thriller by bestselling author T.R. Ragan, unlikely partners PI Jessie Cole and crime reporter Ben Morrison search for clues ...
Her Last Day by T.R. Ragan

October 26, 2017

Mind Game takes Jane MacGuire back to Scotland where she continues her search for the treasure she’s been chasing for years. But now she’s being plagu...
Mind Game by Iris Johansen

October 26, 2017

When a slam-bang of a crime brings a beautiful new client into Stone Barrington’s office, little does he know his association with her will pull him i...
Quick & Dirty by Stuart Woods

October 25, 2017

Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize t...
The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

October 25, 2017

Nicki Demere is an orphan and a pickpocket. She also happens to be the U.S. Marshals’ best bet to keep a family alive. . . . The marshals are looking ...
Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt

October 23, 2017

In the sleepy British seaside town of Broadchurch, Detective Ellie Miller has just returned from vacation, only to learn that she’s been passed over f...
Broadchurch by Erin Kelly

October 22, 2017

When your life is built on a mountain of lies, the truth can be fatal. Pinned by a rock slide while conducting an environmental impact study in Britis...
Mountain of Lies by Jayne Evans

October 21, 2017

An ancient inscription… a dangerous secret? An explosive debut thriller!
Chris Bronson is devastated when his best friend’s wife, the woman he was sec...
The First Apostle by James Becker

October 20, 2017

Sometimes the truth is darker than fiction. Liza Jones has thirty days to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. In the me...
Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

October 19, 2017

Only at Winship Academy would an evening science expo turn into a criminal fiasco. First, there’s the anonymous boy in the girls’ bathroom handing out...
Strange Lies by Maggie Thrash

October 17, 2017

THE RULES ARE SIMPLE: You must be gifted. You must be younger than twenty-five. You must be willing to accept the dangers that you will face if you wi...
Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski

October 10, 2017

Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to e...
This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

October 10, 2017

Dead Men Don’t Talk There’s nothing more deadly in a Louisiana bayou than the wildlife thriving in the dark green water and unbearable heat–except a c...
Betrayed by Sharon Sala

October 6, 2017

‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’ Be careful what you wish for… Kat and her husband Nick h...
The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

October 4, 2017

We know you did it–and you won’t get away with it.
Accused of murdering three small children, Thomas Scott is released on bail. He faces devastated pa...
Scott Free by James Patterson, Rob Hart

October 4, 2017

With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and ev...
Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

October 3, 2017

I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me. My name ...
The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

October 1, 2017