I’m not afraid of dying. I’m afraid I’ll never get a chance to live!By A.A. Bell, Diamond Eyes
Books are keys that open many doors.By James Rollins
Nobody’s ever been arrested for a murder; they have only ever been arrested for not planning it properly.By Terry Hayes, I Am Pilgrim
Look! A riddle! Time for fun!By Maureen Johnson, Truly Devious
Should we use a rope or gun?
Knives are sharp and gleam so pretty
Poison’s slow, which is a pity
Fire is festive, drowning’s slow
Hanging’s a ropy way to go
A broken head, a nasty fall
A car colliding with a wall
Bombs make a very jolly noise
Such ways to punish naughty boys!
What shall we use? We can’t decide.
Just like you cannot run or hide.
“I’m giving serious thought into eating your wife”By Hannibal Lecter, Thomas Harris
Some people steal to stay alive, and some steal to feel alive. Simple as that.By V.E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic
Jane woke, stretched, and decided to kill herself. If she hadn’t found a reason to live by the end of the day she would jump from the rig. It felt good to have a plan.By Adam Baker, Outpost
Young girls and mass murders are tender hearted creatures.By Pierre Lemaitre, Alex
It is said that in death, all things become clear.By Dan Brown, Digital Fortress
Things’ll get worse before they get better.By Karen M. McManus, One of Us Is Lying
No second chances in the land of a thousand dances, the valley of ten million insanities.By Ry Cooder, Los Angeles Stories
Ferraud kneels down next to the dead man’s head. His face is squashed into the dirt. The policeman gradually lowers himself towards the ground, trying to see more of the man without moving him. His nose is nearly touching the earth when the penny drops.By M.F. Kelleher, Olivia Streete and the Montgomery Contract
The previous night he was in an accident. Ran over a homeless guy. She listens to a man fabricating at least some of the things he’s telling her. The human frailty of lying.By M.F. Kelleher, Olivia Streete and the Montgomery Contract
Statues are too much like dolls, and dolls are creepy. You keep expecting them to blink. And the ones that smile, like this?” Eve kept her lips tight together and she curved them up. “You know they’ve got teeth in there. Big, sharp, shiny teeth.”By J.D. Robb, Salvation in Death
I didn’t. But now I’ve got to worry about it.
All my scripts have artistic backgrounds — ballet, concert hall, opera — and all the suspects and corpses are cultured, maybe I’ll do one about the rare book business in your honor, do you want to be the murderer or the corpse?By Helene Hanff, Charing Cross Road
They say that when you’re about to die, your life flashes before your eyes. They never tell you that when you watch someone you once loved dying, hovering between this life and the next, it’s twice as painful, because you’re reliving two lives that traveled one road together.By Becca Fitzpatrick, Black Ice
There is a distinct difference between “suspense” and “surprise,” and yet many pictures continually confuse the two. I’ll explain what I mean.By Alfred Hitchcock
We are now having a very innocent little chat. Let’s suppose that there is a bomb underneath this table between us. Nothing happens, and then all of a sudden, “Boom!” There is an explosion. The public is surprised, but prior to this surprise, it has seen an absolutely ordinary scene, of no special consequence. Now, let us take a suspense situation. The bomb is underneath the table and the public knows it, probably because they have seen the anarchist place it there. The public is aware the bomb is going to explode at one o’clock and there is a clock in the decor. The public can see that it is a quarter to one. In these conditions, the same innocuous conversation becomes fascinating because the public is participating in the scene. The audience is longing to warn the characters on the screen: “You shouldn’t be talking about such trivial matters.
There is a bomb beneath you and it is about to explode!”
In the first case we have given the public fifteen seconds of surprise at the moment of the explosion. In the second we have provided them with fifteen minutes of suspense. The conclusion is that whenever possible the public must be informed. Except when the surprise is a twist, that is, when the unexpected ending is, in itself, the highlight of the story.
Oh, he did look like a deity – the perfect balance of danger and charm, he was at the same time fascinating and inaccessible, distant because of his demonstrated flawlessness, and possessing such strength of character that he was dismaying and at the same time utterly attractive in an enticing and forbidden way.By Simona Panova, Nightmarish Sacrifice
There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human’s mind against the Enemy. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.By C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
Yes, she’s bleeding to death upstairs, but I thought I’d avoid telling you right away, because I like to draw the suspense out.By Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels
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