Friday, September 13, 2019

Lisa's Review: Run, Hide, Repeat

Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood by Pauline Dakin

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars (probably more a 3.5)

I first heard about this book when listening to an interview with the author on NPR. Listening to her tell her story about her family on the run from Vancouver to Winnepeg to Saint John, New Brunswick and the reason for doing so had me captivated, so I was interested in reading this book.

Her mother left an abusive relationship when Pauline and her brother were very young, and followed their minister (Stan) & family as they moved. When Pauline was in her early 20's it was revealed to her by her mother & Stan that it was because they were trying to avoid the mob.

I will say that having listened to the NPR interview, I pretty much knew where the book was going. But that was not a disappointment as there were many more details. Having known the basic story, I knew what was coming, but not entirely, there was still a whole lot of 'wow' factor. I've read many negative reviews of this book, but I don't understand why (I'm not sure if those folks realized this is real life, and they shouldn't so easily to judge someone). The writing was interesting & kept me turning the pages. I especially thought how Pauline comes to terms with everything is a testament to being human. 

This is my second book read for the 13th Annual Canadian Reading Challenge.


  1. This sounds very interesting -- adding it to my TBR list.

    1. It definitely was interesting Mary. I'll be happy to lend it to you when you want.


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