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Run, Hide, Repeat

A memoir by Pauline Dakin.

Pauline Dakin

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. (From Viking)

From the book

It was dusk, late February of 1988. The air was cold and clear as I stepped out of my car in the parking lot of the highway gas station. A crescent moon to the southwest was perfectly outlined in the darkening sky. At its tip winked a bright, large star, perhaps a planet. The horizon still glowed a deep magenta. My mother's aging blue Toyota Tercel was parked nearby, under a light. We'd agreed to meet here, in the small farming community of Sussex, New Brunswick. She would drive from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she was doing her theology degree, and I would drive from Saint John, New Brunswick, where I was working as a reporter at the local newspaper, The Telegraph-Journal.


From Run, Hide, Repeat by Pauline Dakin ©2017. Published by Viking.

Author interview

Journalist Pauline Dakin shares an unforgettable family tale of deception and betrayal, love and forgiveness in her memoir, Run, Hide, Repeat. Here she tells The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti the revelation that explains her past. 4:56