Run, Hide, Repeat

Run, Hide, Repeat

A Memoir of A Fugitive Childhood

Book - 2017
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Longlisted for British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction 2018

An unforgettable family tale of deception and betrayal, love and forgiveness

Pauline Dakin spent her childhood on the run. Without warning, her mother twice uprooted her and her brother, moving thousands of miles away from family and friends. Disturbing events interrupt their outwardly normal life: break-ins, car thefts, even physical attacks on a family friend. Many years later, her mother finally revealed they'd been running from the Mafia and were receiving protection from a covert anti-organized crime task force.
But the truth was even more bizarre. Gradually, Dakin's fears give way to suspicion. She puts her journalistic training to work and discovers that the Mafia threat was actually an elaborate web of lies. As she revisits her past, Dakin uncovers the human capacity for betrayal and deception, and the power of love to forgive.
Run, Hide, Repeat is a memoir of a childhood steeped in unexplained fear and menace. Gripping and suspenseful, it moves from Dakin's uneasy acceptance of her family's dire situation to bewildered anger. As compelling and twisted as a thriller, Run Hide Repeat is an unforgettable portrait of a family under threat, and the resilience of family bonds.
Publisher: Canada : Viking, 2017.
ISBN: 9780735233225
Branch Call Number: 070.92 Dakin
Characteristics: 328 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Feb 14, 2018

Fascinating story of how a deeply religious person could be suckered in to believing of an imaginary world, a better place, where everything is so wonderful. Led there by a man of God to protect her from all the devils of his own making. Well worth reading.

Dec 29, 2017

Potentially a good story, but it starts out badly. You have to grit your teeth to continue reading, and this from a journalist! The writing gets better, but the story is pretty implausible considering the number of people of people involved.

JessicaGma Nov 30, 2017

Much stranger than I had been led to believe based on a review, but also very intriguing as it is a true story. First, you think it's about a family hiding from the mob, but then it becomes a tale of mental illness and family. I enjoyed it, and the story really sticks with you....

Nov 28, 2017

fascinating and incredible. Very well written - a page turner

Nov 17, 2017

This was a story of what mental health does to a family.

Sep 16, 2017

What a waste of reading! How do two ministers of the church decide it's okay to cheat. Ah yes - when one of them chooses to believe that her paramour has a double who lives with the real Mrs. and that the Mafia are hunting them. Surely one of their respective congregations could have noticed how nuts these people actually were. This is the stuff of nonsense.... totally a waste of time and money!

Other than the fact that the author worked for the CBC, why oh why was this book published? Some "secrets" are best kept as that. Why air dirty laundry?

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