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

FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde is back home on a remote Pacific Northwest island when she gets the call: a teenager’s skeletal remains have been found o...
Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot

October 23, 2018

*A laugh out loud cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore* My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead pets. Okay, so on occasion I see a ...
Pumpkin Spice Sacrifice by Addison Moore

October 23, 2018

Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, a spellbindingly suspenseful novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to rem...
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele

October 20, 2018

The acclaimed author of Little Broken Things returns with another “race-to-the-finish family drama” (People) about a single mother who becomes embroil...
You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart

October 17, 2018

At first, the mystery they’re tasked with seems to have nothing to do with Aerin or her kidnapper. But as Seneca, Maddox and Madison hit the Jersey Sh...
Last Seen by Sara Shepard

October 14, 2018

The highly acclaimed author of Watching Edie returns with a new novel of dark psychological suspense that explores how those closest to us have the mo...
The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

October 12, 2018

The past is always watching . . . Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together – with devastating consequences . . . J...
Lies Between Us by Ronnie Turner

October 9, 2018

*A laugh out loud, cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore* My name is Lottie Lemon and I see dead pets. Okay, so I see dead people on...
Bobbing for Bodies by Addison Moore

October 5, 2018

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for...
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

October 5, 2018

It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by the...
Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

October 2, 2018

THE EIGHT DI HELEN GRACE THRILLER BY BESTSELLING AUTHOR M. J. ARLIDGE There is a sickness in the forest. First, it was the wild horses. Now it’s innoc...
Down to the Woods by M.J. Arlidge

September 27, 2018

A psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat Nine hours and eleven minutes …
That’s how long it’s been since Ella Hope was bea...
The Fake Date by Lynda Stacey

September 24, 2018

A HILARIOUS cozy mystery from the New York Times bestselling author Addison Moore My name is Lottie Lemon and I see dead people.Okay, so I rarely see ...
Cutie Pies and Deadly Lies by Addison Moore

September 18, 2018

“I seen a kid killed…He strangled it, up by the horse.” When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his...
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

September 18, 2018

Twelve years ago, Eve Dallas was just a rookie NY cop when her instincts led her to the apartment of Isaac McQueen, a man she discovered to be a sick ...
New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb

September 15, 2018

Ruby Bozarth, a newcomer to Rosedale, Mississippi, is also fresh to the Mississippi Bar–and to the docket of Circuit Judge Baylor, who taps Ruby as de...
Juror #3 by James Patterson

September 12, 2018

NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas must discover who’s preying on those who cater to the rich and famous in the new novel by #1 New York Times bestselling au...
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb

September 9, 2018

A double life with a single purpose: revenge. Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pret...
Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

September 7, 2018

There is a place in Minnesota with hundreds of miles of glacial lakes and untouched forests called the Boundary Waters. Ten years ago a man and his so...
Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

September 5, 2018

Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction, media frenzy, and the release of an unau...
In Her Bones by Kate Moretti

September 5, 2018