Suspense and thrillers are two of the most popular genres for readers because of their fast pace, plot twists, and emotional appeal. These genres involve pursuit and escape. A character in jeopardy dominates these stories and the setting is integral to the plot. The distinctions between the two genres are blurring as writers use elements from both genres and the mystery genre in their books.
In suspense novels, danger may not be apparent right away. As the story builds, so does the danger. Suspense stories tend to be focused on what’s going to happen next. Suspense gets the reader both thinking and feeling. Suspense stories are appealing because we like being scared and on edge, but in a safe way. Suspense makes the reader use his imagination.
Thrillers are fast-paced, complex stories and keep readers on edge, anticipating the next event. They use a specific setting such as the courtroom, medical laboratory, or government agency and emphasize the defeat of the villain and his conspirators. Thrillers are all about what might happen and what can be done to prevent a catastrophe. Thrillers make readers feel anxious and allow us to test our responses to danger.
Here are a few authors to get you started. For more suggestions, pick up a book map at any BCPL location or ask your friendly neighborhood librarian!