Belonging by Ron Butler

Val Penny's Book Reviews

Ron Butlin is an author who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on   January 1, 1949.  He had various jobs, including  a lyricist with a pop band, a barnacle scraper on Thames barges in London, England, a footman attending embassies and country houses, and a male model before he turned his talents to writing.  

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His most recent novel Belonging centres around 29 year old Jack.  He is unsure of what he wants from life.  He and his girlfriend, Anna are living as caretakers of an apartment complex at a Swiss ski resort.

Jack got swept up by Anna’s enthusiasm so they spend their days checking empty apartments.  They live a rather claustrophobic existence. Anna is a keen on psychoanalysis, and she’s probably incapable of sustaining a long term love.  Jack gets annoyed by her behavior but he never considers ending their relationship.

One night, during a snowstorm, a man slips…

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