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

The small town of Lachlan, Florida, was rocked last year when two bodies were uncovered in the roots of a fallen tree. Despite their lack of investiga...
A Justified Murder by Jude Deveraux

February 26, 2019

The ranch country of Montana is beautiful, unforgiving, and for Colton and Denver McLean, filled with a whole lot of bad memories. It’s been seven yea...
Backlash by Lisa Jackson

February 26, 2019

A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wife is holdin...
Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

February 20, 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 bac...
Lethal Lemon Bars by Addison Moore

February 16, 2019

Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches. She loved fizzy drinks, swear words, fish fingers and Catholic chu...
Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan

February 12, 2019

Two women – desperate to unlock the truth.
How far will they go to lay the past to rest? ANNA has been taught that virtue is the path to God. But on h...
My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber

February 9, 2019

A twenty-year-old local mystery that has never been sold.
A bone-chilling VHS tape depicting a horrific crime. Neighbors with something to hide. And a...
My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch

February 8, 2019

Geek girl Lexi Carmichael thought getting engaged would mean calmer days ahead. But when Slash’s past brings up more questions than answers, she’s not...
No Stone Unturned by Julie Moffett

February 8, 2019

Death stalked the Vale.
In every corner, every whisper.
They just didn’t know it yet. Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins d...
Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain

February 8, 2019

A search for the truth. A lifetime of lies. In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to ...
The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

February 6, 2019

Kimber Hannon’s belief that she has complete control over her life is shattered the night that she comes home from a trip to find her key no longer op...
The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict

February 6, 2019

Remember how many lies we told, Molly? It’s enough to make my head spin. You were wild when I met you, and I was mad for you. But then something happe...
We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott

February 6, 2019

The secret town of Rockton has seen some rocky times lately; understandable considering its mix of criminals and victims fleeing society for refuge wi...
Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong

February 5, 2019

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big window...
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

February 5, 2019

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead ...
Connections in Death by J.D. Robb

February 4, 2019

Abby Miller thought she had the perfect family; a good looking, loving husband and a beautiful daughter. Her life was complete. The shock discovery th...
She Saw What He Did by Lynda Renham

February 1, 2019

FBI Special Agent Mackenzie White, six months pregnant, calls off her formal wedding with Ellington and they elope instead. On their honeymoon, they f...
Before He Lapses by Blake Pierce

February 1, 2019

It was nothing more than a one-night stand. Juliana Brody, a judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, is rumored to be in consideration for the f...
Judgment by Joseph Finder

January 31, 2019

Teenage socialite Margo Manning leads a dangerous double life. By day, she dodges the paparazzi while soaking up California sunshine. By night, howeve...
Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

January 31, 2019

After surviving an infamous family tragedy, sixteen-year-old Kennedy Jones has made it her mission to keep her brother’s search through the cosmos ali...
Come Find Me by Megan Miranda

January 30, 2019