Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives by Tina Alexis AllenHiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen

Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives

byTina Alexis Allen

Hardcover | February 20, 2018

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“[Hiding Out] brims with drunkenness, sexuality and urgency...a “can’t-put-down” read."  — Washington Post

Actress and playwright Tina Alexis Allen’s audacious memoir unravels her privileged suburban Catholic upbringing that was shaped by her formidable father—a man whose strict religious devotion and dedication to his large family hid his true nature and a life defined by deep secrets and dangerous lies.

The youngest of thirteen children in a devout Catholic family, Tina Alexis Allen grew up in 1980s suburban Maryland in a house ruled by her stern father, Sir John, an imposing, British-born authoritarian who had been knighted by the Pope. Sir John supported his large family running a successful travel agency that specialized in religious tours to the Holy Land and the Vatican for pious Catholics.

But his daughter, Tina, was no sweet and innocent Catholic girl. A smart-mouthed high school basketball prodigy, she harbored a painful secret: she liked girls. When Tina was eighteen her father discovered the truth about her sexuality. Instead of dragging her to the family priest and lecturing her with tearful sermons about sin and damnation, her father shocked her with his honest response. He, too, was gay.

The secret they shared about their sexuality brought father and daughter closer, and the two became trusted confidants and partners in a relationship that eventually spiraled out of control. Tina and Sir John spent nights dancing in gay clubs together, experimenting with drugs, and casual sex—all while keeping the rest of their family in the dark.

Outside of their wild clandestine escapades, Sir John made Tina his heir apparent at the travel agency. Drawn deeper into the business, Tina soon became suspicious of her father’s frequent business trips, his multiple passports and cache of documents, and the briefcases full of cash that mysteriously appeared and quickly vanished. Digging deeper, she uncovered a disturbing facet beyond the stunning double-life of the father she thought she knew.

A riveting and cinematic true tale stranger and twistier than fiction, Hiding Out is an astonishing story of self-discovery, family, secrets, and the power of the truth to set us free.

Title:Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double LivesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.97 inPublished:February 20, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062565672

ISBN - 13:9780062565679


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Harrowing and meandering A lot of content that takes far too long to move through. The author's story is truly incredible but the read itself is plodding. I'd recommend the audiobook instead!
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not quite what I expected... Still a worthy read...just didnt appeal to me as I had hoped it would...didnt seem as authentic as a story like this should be.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I agree with the previous reviewer. It sounds a lot more compelling than it is. Some of the author's stories are hard to believe, Hopefully writing the book was helpful to the author, but it's not an an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from just meh After reading the synopses I expected a lot more from this book. It was just OK. I wasn't overly excited about it. Easy read.
Date published: 2018-04-26

Editorial Reviews

“Perhaps it’s Allen’s background as an actress and playwright that gives Hiding Out, at turns jaw-dropping and spellbinding, its dramatic tension and spot-on dialogue. Her memoir is as compulsive to read as it is heartbreaking. And that’s the truth.”