Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir Of A Fugitive Childhood by Pauline DakinRun, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir Of A Fugitive Childhood by Pauline Dakin

Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir Of A Fugitive Childhood

byPauline Dakin

Paperback | September 5, 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.
PAULINE DAKIN is an assistant professor at the University of King's College School of Journalism in Halifax. A journalist who has worked in radio, television, and print, she was also a senior producer for CBC Nova Scotia, host of CBC Radio's Atlantic Voice, and a long-time health reporter for CBC National News. She has received many na...
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Title:Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir Of A Fugitive ChildhoodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.67 × 0.92 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0735233225

ISBN - 13:9780735233225

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The truth is truly stranger than fiction... Run Hide Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood by Pauline Dakin marked for absolutely fascinating reading. Pauline Dakin is a Canadian, award winning journalist (radio, television and print), producer, and is currently a journalism professor. Run Hide Repeat is her first book. It's a memoir - and it's one you won't be able to put down. Truth is truly stranger than fiction. "When all had been revealed, I wished it to be unsaid. As unsatisfying as my previous ignorance had been, it was better than this story, and easier to live with than my struggle to weigh the truth against the possibility that...that what?" The book's opening chapters introduce us to twenty three year old Dakin. Her mother Ruth and Stan, a family friend have decided that Pauline can finally be told the truth. Why they moved from one side of the country to the other, not once but twice, following Stan and his wife. Why they often left at the drop of a hat, leaving without saying goodbye to neighbours and friends. Why they often missed school. Why they were cautioned to never tell anyone the details of their lives. The answer? The Mafia was after Ruth and her children. The running, the precautions, the moves and the secrets were to keep them safe. Dakin moves the telling of her story from past to present. The reader has the knowledge of the adult Dakin, but it only makes the childhood memories all the more perplexing. And somewhat ridiculous. There's no way this could be true - could it? Pictures of Ruth, Stan, Dakin and her brother and father enhance the memoir and give a human face to this unbelievably true story. Halfway through the book (and this was in one sitting), there was still no answer to the 'why?' Curiosity had me picking the book up every spare moment until I finally reached the final pages. The telling of Run Hide Repeat is a complex and deeply personal personal story. Telling your own story to the world is brave. "An unforgettable family tale of deception and betrayal, love and forgiveness" is an apt description from the publisher.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting story A strange, real-life story that seems like fiction. A quick read that's hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good read this quickly as I've been waiting for it. very interesting and thought-provoking
Date published: 2017-09-13

Editorial Reviews

Longlisted for British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction 2018"What happens when 'Fake News' takes over your family? This harrowing true story reads like a psychological thriller—I was haunted by it." —Plum Johnson, author of They Left Us Everything"From a childhood marked by secrets and sudden moves to an adulthood where truth—and lies—of the past are laid bare, Run, Hide, Repeat is a fascinating story of family, deception, and forgiveness." —Sonja Larsen, author of Red Star Tattoo“This twisted page-turner brings the truth to the forefront, while Dakin tries to master the art of forgiveness.” —Canadian Living"This is a well-paced and engrossing memoir where Dakin's skills as long-time CBC health reporter uncover one final, startling revelation."—The Globe and Mail   “Run, Hide, Repeat is part crime thriller, part scientific analysis of delusional disorder.” –Calgary Herald