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Publisher's Summary

2018 winner of the Atlantic Book Awards - Margaret and John Savage First Book Award

2018 winner of the British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

2018 winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

2018 winner of the Evelyn Richardson Non-fiction Award

2018 winner of the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors

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 interrupted 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 gave way to suspicion. She put her journalistic training to work and discovered 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. 

©2017 Pauline Dakin (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada

What the critics say

“Mystery rolls in like the tide in this story - without fail, over and over.” (Chatelaine)

"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)

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Started good but...

It started out interesting but overtime I lost interest. I found that there was a lot of recapping of things I already knew, and the story just dragged on. I really wanted to like this but the once the middle of the story hit, it just moved too slow. #Audible1

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What a surprise!

This is a really good book. Amazing on how the author coped. I could stop listening. #Audible1

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Not investigative journalism

This is a unique memoir, but it’s not the story of a journalist uncovering the truth. She doesn’t “investigate” nor does she dig deep into the lies by interviewing characters or dissecting events. It’s more the long and detailed reading of a journal. Given that, it’s fine. But be aware this is not the story of investigative journalism. The author runs in circles to prove how much her abusers loved her and speculates on the causes of their action without gathering other evidence.

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  • Kim
  • 2018-12-16

mind blown

starts off great and develops like it is another mobster/heidt stioty but makes a sharp turn, , maybe catching some but ends with dealing with mental illness. BRAVO!!

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crazy story

if u like true crime and you love a crazy story you'll never hear again I'll like this one. also we'll reader and well narrated.

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Emotional albeit kind of rambly

I like Pauline's story in this book however I feel like much of the book's structure was a little haphazard. This was probably due to how she compiled it from an exhaustive array of reference material stretching from all sorts of time periods. A good example is it feels a tad too focused on her own life and that of her extended family and not enough about the story of Stan and his delusions. Which I found far more interesting. At the same time I'm probably not the target audience. Still, her vocal performance is extremely good and lends a lot more to this story than I initially expected. It's easily better as an audio book than as something you read by yourself.

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Amazing story

Fascinating in so many ways. A story of love and forgiveness. Well written and and excellent audio book read by the author herself. Highly recommend.

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  • evan
  • 2017-12-29

amazing story!

this book was truly amazing! it is an incredible story expertly written. If I had the opportunity I would have listened to the entire book in one sitting.

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  • Nicole
  • 2018-04-02

Boring slow to Start

if I could give it a zero I would. didn't even make it half way though the book. very disappointed

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  • Beth
  • 2018-05-27

Fascinating True Story

There are a lot of questions I still have, but this is not a book you have read before!

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  • Karen Vanderjagt
  • 2018-05-21

Don’t give up on this book!

I almost returned this book because the beginning is a little boring. I thought it was going to be the usual battered woman story. It’s not! I admit once the real story began when she was an adult, I got sucked into an amazing story but the twists and turns that followed were even more shocking. Worth reading to the very end.

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  • Pamela Plimpton
  • 2018-03-28

Hard to believe at times - great story!!

Well written & unbelievable story. At times, I thought to myself "this is greatly embellished, there's no way this can be true", but I couldn't stop listening. Cannot imagine what went thru her mind as all the secrets were revealed. Just hard to fathom a life like this if u didn't actually live it. A little slow from time to time, but I thoroughly enjoyed it & will probably listen again sometime!