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

Detective DD Warren and Flora Dane are in a race against time to save a young girl’s life – or bring her to justice. A family home has become a crime ...
Look For Me by Lisa Gardner

February 7, 2018

When Grace Ozmian, the beautiful and reckless daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire, first goes missing, the NYPD assumes she has simply sped off on ...
City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston

February 5, 2018

Perfect husband. Perfect father. Perfect liar? Do you really know who you kissed goodbye this morning? The New York Times bestselling thriller that ev...
Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

February 2, 2018

There’s plenty of intrigue, sex, and drugs in this fast-paced mystery, set against a backdrop of gentrifying London. Ella Riordan is a community activ...
This is How it Ends by Eva Dolan

February 1, 2018

When Casey Duncan first arrived at Rockton, the off-the-grid, isolated community built as a haven for people running from their pasts, she had no idea...
This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong

January 31, 2018

Evan Smoak—government assassin gone rogue—returns in Hellbent, an engrossing, unputdownable thriller from Gregg Hurwitz, the latest in his #1 internat...
Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz

January 31, 2018

It was a stab in the dark. On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan...
Dark in Death by J.D. Robb

January 30, 2018

His scandal. Her secret. When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived ...
The Wife by Alafair Burke

January 29, 2018

In the tradition of Gone Girl and Behind Closed Doors comes a gripping, twisted, furiously clever read that demands your attention, and keeps you gues...
The Social Affair by Britney King

January 27, 2018

He loves you. He’d do anything for you. But you don’t even know him. Jenny hasn’t had an easy life – no job and no money, with a sick mother and an ab...
Liars by Frances Vick

January 27, 2018

Rachel’s dead and she’s never coming back. Or is she? As she prepares for her wedding to Dominic, Catherine has never been happier or more excited abo...
Forget Her Name by Jane Holland

January 26, 2018

How well do you really know your best friend? Kat Grant and Alice Campbell have a friendship forged in shared confidences and long lunches lubricated ...
Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt

January 23, 2018

For fans of dark and twisty psychological thrillers, Watch Me is a riveting novel of suspense about how far obsession can go. Kate Youngblood is disap...
Watch Me by Jody Gehrman

January 23, 2018

Pub owner Maura Donovan hasn’t seen her mother for over twenty years, so when she suddenly shows up in Maura’s pub, Maura’s not sure what to expect. H...
Many a Twist by Sheila Connolly

January 18, 2018

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for...
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

January 16, 2018

Two true-crime thrillers as seen on Discovery’s Murder is Forever TV series – premiering January 2018 MURDER, INTERRUPTED. Rich, cheating financier Fr...
Murder, Interrupted by James Patterson

January 13, 2018

Two true-crime thrillers as seen on Discovery’s Murder is Forever TV series HOME SWEET MURDER: Lawyer Leo Fisher and his wife Sue are a sixty-one-year...
Home Sweet Murder by James Patterson

January 12, 2018

There are three things you should know about Elsie.
The first thing is that she’s my best friend.
The second is that she always knows what to say to m...
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

January 12, 2018

Sophie’s husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. ...
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

January 12, 2018

WIFE. MISTRESS. MURDERER. If you were being framed for murder, how far would you go to clear your name? The debut psychological thriller that reads as...
The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft

January 12, 2018