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

It’s summertime in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and the clamming is easy—or it was until a mysterious new neighbor blocks access to the beach, cutting off ...
Steamed Open by Barbara Ross

December 18, 2018

A grand estate, terrible secrets, and a young woman who bears witness to it all. If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love child, Emma Rous...
The Au Pair by Emma Rous

December 17, 2018

FBI Evidence Response Team intern Chloe Fine, 27, finds herself forced to confront her own dark past when her troubled twin sister needs her help—and ...
Next Door by Blake Pierce

December 13, 2018

The curious flight patterns of crows lead a teen computer programmer down a path of mystery and romance. Gin trusts logic a little too much. She even ...
Crow Flight by Susan Cunningham

December 12, 2018

New York Times-bestselling author Robin Cook takes on the cutting-edge world of gene-modification in this pulse-pounding new medical thriller. When an...
Pandemic by Robin Cook

December 11, 2018

On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, t...
For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt

December 11, 2018

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...
Bloodbaths and Banana Cake by Addison Moore

December 7, 2018

Paradise is stalked by a relentless evil. What would you do if your family was threatened? Sophie just wants to settle down with her unusual family—bu...
Wired Courage by Toby Neal

December 7, 2018

They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strange...
Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb

December 3, 2018

All of their extraordinary adventures makes an ordinary vacation very appealing Danni Cafferty and Michael Quinn are happy to accept an invitation to ...
Bitter Reckoning by Heather Graham

December 3, 2018

SHE LOOKS LIKE ME. SHE SOUNDS LIKE ME. NOW SHE’S TRYING TO TAKE MY PLACE. Liz Kendall wouldn’t hurt a fly. She’s a gentle woman devoted to bringing up...
Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey

November 29, 2018

She was one of the most sought after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted—even another woman’s man. And no...
Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb

November 28, 2018

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 ...
Seven-Layer Slayer by Addison Moore

November 26, 2018

When Ella wakes up in a hospital following a hit-and-run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card o...
The Liar’s Wife by Samantha Hayes

November 26, 2018

The first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second was murdered in her own apartment building. Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas had no...
Glory in Death by J.D. Robb

November 22, 2018

Criminal profiler in training (and newlywed) Jessie Hunt, 29, discovers that dark secrets lurk in her new suburban town; when a body turns up dead, sh...
The Perfect Wife by Blake Pierce

November 22, 2018

Hidden Falls is exactly as Samantha Parker left it—small, insular, and prone to gossip. Eighteen years have passed since she witnessed her brother’s m...
Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton

November 22, 2018

‘Hello? Police? My husband and our children… they’re gone.’ When Mel arrives at the holiday cottage in the Lake District, she expects to find the heat...
Love You Gone by Rona Halsall

November 18, 2018

‘Now we are bound forever,’ she says, her eyes determined. ‘I will never tell anyone, I swear. This is between you and me. Now you swear too.’ They ca...
The Orchid Girls by Lesley Sanderson

November 15, 2018

She’s been a very good girl…
Now she’s learning to be bad! Ditched at the altar for being boring in bed, prim lawyer Maya Martin goes on a solo Amalfi...
Undone by Caitlin Crews

November 15, 2018