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Publisher's Summary

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

Long-listed for British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction 2018

Short-listed for the 2018 Evelyn Richardson Non-fiction Award

Short-listed for the 2018 Atlantic Book Awards - Margaret and John Savage First Book Award

Short-listed for the 2018 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

Critic Reviews

"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)

"Run, Hide, Repeat is part crime thriller, part scientific analysis of delusional disorder." (Calgary Herald)

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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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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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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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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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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!