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3.15  ·  Rating Details ·  2,038 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
A chilling psychological thriller that explores the menacing evil behind the glittering facades of Manhattan’s skyscrapers
Kay Norris, a successful and lovely book editor, moves into the posh Carnegie Hall district of Manhattan, into an apartment in a slender high-rise. A man watches her. He watches her unpack, watches her make her bed. He owns the building: a shocking secr
ebook, 208 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Pegasus Books (first published 1991)
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Jul 28, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

OMG, I absolutely cannot believe the ending of this Ira Levin thriller. He never ceases to amaze me, and I don't think it's supposed to be funny, but I can't help it........HAHAHAHAHAHA.......Go Girl! It sure isn't often we have a heroine such as this.....

Anyway, welcome to 1300 Madison Avenue, a 21 story apartment building on Manhattan's East Side better known as Horror High-Rise or High-Rise Horror where there's a history of bizarre accidents that end in death and a shocking secret pr

This is going to be a spoiler-filled ranty ragefest, so if you are interested in reading this book, and don't want me to save you from yourself, then you should stop reading this review now. Because I'm about to give away the ending, and nobody likes that kind of spoiler.

You've been warned.

Dear Sliver,

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...


Did I seriously just read a book- ostensibly written by the same man who wrote both the fucking amazing R
Nov 18, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes horror
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Kay Norris, a successful single lady of thirty-nine, moves into the posh Upper East Side district of Carnegie Hill in Manhattan. The building she moves into is a slender, silvery high rise full of exclusive apartments. The building's landlord is personable, if slightly obsessive, but very solicitous of his tenants' various comforts. Only after she moves in does Kay discover that the tabloids have nicknamed her building "The Horror High Rise". Four unexplained deaths have occurred during the buil ...more
Arun Divakar
Nov 04, 2009 Arun Divakar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Is it just me or was this the most unexciting book that I have read in recent times. I confess to the fact that an exciting book like Rosemary's Baby by the same author piqued my interest enough to choose this book.

A hight rise building and the spooky goings on around it make up the crux of the tale. Centres mostly around a single career woman who comes into the building and falls in love with the wrong guy at the wrong place. It is at times so cliched that you can see the climax from miles off.
Sonia Gomes
Nov 11, 2015 Sonia Gomes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Who wouldn't love this book!
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Mar 04, 2010 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This was a humdrum story that couldn't maintain my interest, and I threw in the towel after a hundred pages. The writing was so sparse that, a couple of times, I could hardly make sense of what was happening or what the characters were talking about. If ever I've read a book malnourished from lack of words, this is it. Even yet, despite its stripped-down quality, it still manages to be a slow, dull read.
Mar 21, 2016 Mommacat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-fiction, dtb
I don't think Ira Levin wrote a bad book. I read this back when it was new and still remember bits and pieces of it. I do know that it was the first of it's kind and that's always a plus.
Oct 18, 2011 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
* In spite of the echoes of Rosemary's Baby (a building with an infamous history) and The Boys From Brazil (in his climax), Sliver lives up to neither of these earlier novels, mostly because it isn't as grand as the others, there's no big prize dangling at the end for the bad guy. He's got what he wants; it's just a matter of keeping it. Since our heroine isn't too thrilled with that idea, the whole thing degenerates into a routine thriller that ends with one of those implausibilities that you h ...more
Meagen Hudson
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Paul Kotheimer
Pretty good for what it is, although I'm not really into the genre. I bought it because I thought I was going to be waiting for a good while, and it was marked down to $3 at a souvenir shop. If you're looking for like a hot sexy book, this one isn't it. Sorry.

Definitely interesting considering it predates the Big Brother and other shows like this, not to mention the whole internet voyeur market.

I guess my biggest problem with it is the New-York-yuppies-are-the-center-of-the-universe vibe. Fuck
I expect this book was quite startling when it first came out in 1991, however compared to The Stepford Wives and Rosemary's Baby, this is not Levin's best. What especially annoyed me was the staccato sentence structure where description became just a list, which made it quite confusing. This could be a stylistic choice mirroring the quick voyeurism of the cameras, but to me it just felt like he couldn't be bothered. If you're interested in the fear of CCTV/Big Brother gone mad before the age of ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Martina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I refuse to believe Levin wrote this.
Jan 19, 2016 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Levin writes sparse prose. His books are all about character and story with few descriptive passages along the way. No doubt this is why so many have been adapted for the screen. In "Sliver" we have an apartment building overrun with security cameras, its owner dropping in on conversations and personal moments, as addicted to voyeurism as many of us are to reality TV shows (this book was written before this current preoccupation with ourselves really took off). As it stands, it's an interesting ...more
Aug 22, 2011 Mandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though very dated now, this book still chills, whilst also raising some uncomfortable questions. Who hasn't watched someone who is unaware of your interest in them? A couple in a coffee shop maybe? Kids playing in the park? Your neighbours in their garden? Maybe you have taken a photo of someone without them knowing. Where is the line? how do you know you have crossed it?
Dec 14, 2009 Kimi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really like the style of writing in this book. I enjoyed it for the first half, but after a while I struggled a bit to get to the end.
I thought the idea of 'Sliver' was interesting, but it wasn't a very exciting read.
Sep 29, 2014 Diane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Watch the movie instead. If I hadn't, I might have been lost and not able to visualize. It's written in a very staccato style that prevents proper comprehension and is a constant reminder that it's a story.
Gregor Xane
Mar 28, 2009 Gregor Xane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Crisp writing. Good pacing. Some hokey dialogue. An ending that is almost laughable. An interesting premise that is not taken far enough.
Creepy and scary, this book will make you want to be careful about where you move.
Kerry Tanley
I got into reading this book knowing exactly what to expect. I knew what I wanted from it, I wanted to be watched, just like the main character. I did really enjoy reading this book, but I have to say, it's more a thriller than it is an erotic. I wanted to be scared into a deep sense of leg shuddering fear, but as the book went on, didn't really feel it. Overall this book was a great read and when the erotic did finally come round, it was good enough - Just not enough for me. A book I won't forg ...more
Il giudizio sarebbe potuto essere più positivo, specialmente per il finale che mi ha sorpreso rispetto al film visto molti anni fa, ma non si può perdonare un traduzione così (la tazza con "I cuore New York" non si può proprio leggere).
Oct 25, 2016 Helena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
You can read my review here:

3 stars
Oct 29, 2016 Bettie☯ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: simon lucy
need a re-read of this one at some point
Nov 14, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So suspenseful and has now made me totally paranoid.
Jul 13, 2015 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sliver was my first experience with Ira Levin. I remember hearing about the movie but never seeing it and I saw this book at a book sale for like fifty cents or something. I read the book on the beach in about eight hours’ time. The book is an incredibly fast paced work that could easily transfer to the screen like some of Levin’s other work. I remember the movie being advertised for overt sexual conduct but the novel was tame in this department. What the novel did well was predict our future an ...more
Rachael Eyre
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Great suspense, great writing. Ira Levin reminds me of H.G. Wells sometimes: they both created some topoi that are still exploited today.
In Sliver, we have a building full of cameras and a voyeur - the owner - who plays God with his tenants. Needless to say, he also kills them once in a while.
As usual, a pretty lady move into the building, they fall in love, she discovers his deep, dark secrets and they end up fighting for their lives over a twentieth-floor window. Her cat saved the day.
Bonnie Fazio
Not my favorite Ira Levin novel (that would be Rosemary's Baby), and written in a slightly different style than what I remember from him. I liked the book pretty well, and it did succeed in building a good bit of suspense that kept me turning the last 20 or 30 pages.

The style thing got in the way of my becoming engrossed in the book at the start. It was sometimes hard to understand what characters meant, as Levin used sort of a shorthand dialogue style that required getting used to.

I was glad I
Stuart Kenny
Oct 31, 2016 Stuart Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's clear from the conclusion of chapter one that this is going to be a disturbing novel at times but it's hard to believe it was written before reality TV and modern day surveillance concerns really took hold. Enjoyed the nods / mockery of gothic conventions the book relies on at times; the editorial thoughts from Kay, herself similar to a modern day Jonathon Harker from Dracula at times in both character and circumstance. The Oedipus references are a bit forced and ridiculous at the conclusio ...more
Feb 22, 2016 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I've grown to like Ira Levin a lot and all his reissued books have cropped up on sale locally which is nice. I have very vague memories of the terrible film and didn't even realise this was the same until a few pages in. Levin has a knack for keeping things relatively taut and this rattles along without outstaying its welcome.

The central premise impressively pre-dates The Real World and Big Brother but these days feels a little dated. I quite liked the moral corruption at play and there are some
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Levin graduated from the Horace Mann School and New York University, where he majored in philosophy and English.

After college, he wrote training films and scripts for television.

Levin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants (adapted from Mac Hyman's novel), a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith. The play was turned int
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