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

Two bodies arrived at the morgue. One was still breathing. A woman checks into a hotel room and entertains a man who is not her husband. A shooter blo...
The Medical Examiner by James Patterson

August 4, 2017

It’s the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We’ve genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes ...
The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein

August 2, 2017

Matthew and Julia Ayers are happy at last, settled in their new home with their son and flourishing musical careers. And with Jeremy Corrigan playing ...
Requiem by Lauren E. Rico

August 1, 2017

You come home after a long day at work, excited to have dinner with your beautiful wife.
But when you walk through the door, you quickly realize that ...
A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

July 29, 2017

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale mass...
Final Girls by Riley Sager

July 23, 2017

A serial killer is on the loose in San Diego, and he has a most unusual M.O.: With each kill, he leaves behind objects with unclear meanings. Most of ...
Look Behind You by Iris Johansen

July 22, 2017

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservation...
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

July 15, 2017

Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their...
The Dry by Jane Harper

July 15, 2017

The fantastic prequel to The Good Daughter, the stunning new standalone from the No. 1 bestselling author of the Will Trent and Grant County series. P...
Last Breath by Karin Slaughter

July 11, 2017

“My one fear is now my reality.” He didn’t offer his name when he fulfilled his need to include me as a player in his game.
I’m number thirteen. Just ...
One Fear by Belle Brooks

July 9, 2017

His presence beside me is like heat, like weight, something I’ve carried around on my back too long. It’s summer in rural Maine; when seventeen-year-o...
Grit by Gillian French

July 9, 2017

“The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us.” Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, ki...
Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

June 28, 2017

The New York Times bestselling author of A Certain Age transports readers to sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel—an enchanting...
Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams

June 28, 2017

The text message is just three words: I need you. Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most signi...
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

June 17, 2017

A family of heroes, all in dangerous jobs, all irrevocably tied to those they love. Read about the Marino clan in this fast-paced, emotional new serie...
Above and Beyond by Kathryn Shay

June 15, 2017

A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, but Princeton...
Camino Island by John Grisham

June 8, 2017

I wasn’t a good person. Even amnesia couldn’t erase the fact that deep inside, there was a darkness I couldn’t deny. Flashes of strangers—of blood and...
Never Far by A.A. Dark

June 5, 2017

He’s waiting for you… Under a blanket of snow, surrounded by dark woods and a frozen sea, lies an ogre’s castle. There lives a little princess, trappe...
Butterfly in Amber by Camilla Monk

May 12, 2017

How far would you go to find THE ONE? One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re geneticall...
The One by John Marrs

May 10, 2017

When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their ...
The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

May 9, 2017