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

Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting...
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

April 4, 2019

Picturesque South Cove, California, is the perfect place to celebrate Mother’s Day, but not everyone is feeling motherly… Jill Gardner, owner of Coffe...
Mother’s Day Mayhem by Lynn Cahoon

April 2, 2019

When Private Investigator Lexi Graves receives an expensive bag from her new husband, she’s delighted… for all of five seconds. That’s exactly how lon...
In the Line of Ire by Camilla Chafer

April 1, 2019

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 ...
Wedding Cake Carnage by Addison Moore

March 29, 2019

Despite her tragic childhood, violin prodigy Cara Delaney has finally found peace in her career as a professional musician and stability in her relati...
Dark Tribute by Iris Johansen

March 28, 2019

From New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison comes a riveting thriller pitting special agents Nicholas Drummond and Mich...
The Last Second by Catherine Coulter

March 26, 2019

School should have been the safest place… For Lizzie Riley, switching her six-year-old son Tom to the local academy school marks a fresh start, post-d...
Don’t Tell Teacher by Suzy K. Quinn

March 24, 2019

Except for a good taco, genealogist Lucy Lancaster loves nothing more than tracking down her clients’ long-dead ancestors, and her job has never been ...
Murder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins

March 23, 2019

With her back against the wall, everything’s on the line for Bianca St. Ives. She’s either going to save the world—or die trying. It took one hell of ...
The Fifth Doctrine by Karen Robards

March 21, 2019

Angie Turner’s restaurant, The County Seat, is conveniently located near a first-class farmers market—so her menu is full of fresh ingredients. But a ...
One Potato, Two Potato, Dead by Lynn Cahoon

March 20, 2019

When a retired sheriff’s deputy is shot to death in his home, his troubled teenage stepson, Evan, becomes the prime suspect. Even more incriminating, ...
Secrets Never Die by Melinda Leigh

March 19, 2019

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 ...
Macaron Massacre by Addison Moore

March 18, 2019

You’ve lost your daughter. She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found.
Then, by ch...
Run Away by Harlan Coben

March 18, 2019

An abrupt change; a new friendship; a dark secret…
Kind-hearted Violet has never fitted in, but despite being bullied at school is now content. She is...
Knowing You by Samantha Tonge

March 15, 2019

A tale of a single night. The story of a lifetime. If you had to pick five people to sum up your life, who would they be? If you were to raise a glass...
When All Is Said by Anne Griffin

March 13, 2019

Four women–friends, family, rivals–turn to online dating for companionship, only to find themselves in the crosshairs of a tech-savvy killer using an ...
All the Wrong Places by Joy Fielding

March 13, 2019

Sydney’s dad is the only psychiatrist for miles around their small Ohio town. He is also unexpectedly dead. Is Sydney crazy, or is it kind of weird th...
The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown

March 9, 2019

Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson think they’re finally in the clear. They’ve left Sherringford School—and the Moriartys—behind for a pre-college summ...
A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro

March 7, 2019

Catching a killer is dangerous—especially if he lives next door From the hugely talented author of The Kind Worth Killing comes an exquisitely chillin...
Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

March 5, 2019

As a serial killer, suspected to be using an RV camper, lures and kills women across the country, the FBI, at a loss, must break protocol and turn to ...
Luring by Blake Pierce

March 3, 2019