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

In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie and Charlotte are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of sho...
The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

February 14, 2017

The follow-up to #1 NYT bestseller Kelley Armstrong’s acclaimed City of the Lost, Rockton town detective Casey Duncan makes a terrible—and dangerous—d...
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong

February 13, 2017

Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back–with no idea of where they’ve been. Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a tr...
The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

February 11, 2017

If you don’t face your enemies – they’ll stab you in the back.
One of them has a gun to his head. Who will pull the trigger? When king of the underwor...
Backstabber by Kimberley Chambers

February 10, 2017

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust? Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in...
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

February 8, 2017

Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin...
To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

February 8, 2017

As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman―dazed, naked, and bloody―suddenly stumbles out in front of the...
Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb

February 6, 2017

Why is everyone talking about the ending of Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes? Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a r...
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

January 26, 2017

FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been waiting her whole life for disaster to strike. A prepper since childhood, Mercy grew up living off the lan...
A Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot

January 17, 2017

If you walk the streets of Sapphire Court, you are sure to hear about Calista Cavanaugh. She was a blonde bombshell with wit, charm, and the biggest p...
Secrets on Sapphire by S. Cole

January 14, 2017

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room comes a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire the mesmerizing story of a ...
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian

January 11, 2017

A high stakes drama set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, charting the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath ...
The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

January 10, 2017

New York Times bestselling author Karen White invites you to explore the brick-walked streets of Charleston, where historic mansions house the memorie...
The Guests on South Battery by Karen White

January 10, 2017

In this breathtaking mystery debut, marine biologist–turned-divemaster Meredith Cavallo stands accused of a chilling crime after a dive gone wrong. Bu...
Adrift by Micki Browning

January 10, 2017

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives. EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter ...
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

January 8, 2017

From bestselling author A.J. Banner comes a dazzling new novel of psychological suspense in the vein of S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep and Mary Ku...
The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner

December 27, 2016

THE PRINCESS IS DEAD.
LONG LIVE THE PRINCESS. Centuries ago, the royal family of Adria was killed . . . or so everyone thought.
Now Grace Blakely know...
Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter

December 27, 2016

Alex Cross chases a cold-blooded killer…with a conscience. Shots ring out in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. When the smoke...
Cross the Line by James Patterson

December 21, 2016

The perfect daughter. The perfect girlfriend. The perfect murder? Jenna is seriously ill. She’s lost all hope of getting the heart transplant she need...
The Gift by Louise Jensen

December 18, 2016

When FBI Special Agent Griffin “Decker” Davenport wakes from his coma, he is desperate to find the missing children he knows are in danger. At the end...
Every Dark Corner by Karen Rose

December 5, 2016