on 26 November 2013
Considering this was written in 1991, it's extremely relevant in today's world of constant surveillance. Knowing there are CCTV cameras everywhere, that it's possible for somebody else to control and view your webcam and that high quality surveillance (read: spy!) equipment is getting cheaper and cheaper just makes it even more creepy. Who is watching you right now?
The plot is pretty basic. A woman moves into a "sliver" (a high rise built on a narrow plot) where there have been a few suspicious deaths. The mysterious owner has cameras in all the apartments and taps on all the phones (letting him see a "sliver" of people's lives ... especially the "interesting" bits). There are still some surprises to be had though, and Levin pulls it off well.
on 30 July 2013
loved this writer since discovering he wrote Rosemary's Baby - tghis is in the same vein, an exploration of the power of lover and the power of evil. A young woman moves into an apartment block which is squeezed into the space between two othr buildings, the Sliver of the title, to make a new life for herself after a failed romance. She wants a new beginning; but there are suspicious deaths and a mysterious owner. The suspense is gripping and the characters fascinating.