SUSPENSE/THRILLER “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it” ~ Alfred Hitchcock Hmmmm, something is going to happen but what?” With the suspense genre, mystery can often be part of the story’s conceit but the genre’s primary focus is about apprehension, the building of anxiety and tension through making the outcome uncertain. Often times the reader knows elements of the story around which the protagonist is blissfully unaware. Suspense is about perspiration. Thriller will often add an element of fear and surprise. While Suspense wants the reader on the edge of their seat, Thriller wants the reader jumping out of his or her seat.
Author Suspense/Thriller Examples: Dan Brown, Lee Child, James Rollins, Linda Castillo, Steig Larsson, Paula Hawkins, Roxanne Gay, Stephen King, Pierre Lemaitre, Dean Koontz