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

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

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 accidently 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 engaging in sex with their respective partners in public places—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 illegal 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 Lives

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  • Courtney Judy

    This reads like a fiction novel. I had to remind myself a number of times that what I was reading happened in real life -- this wasn't something someone dreamed up and wrote, it was someone's life. I ...

  • Eric

    I loved this book. The fact that it was regarding someone who used to live in the DC area, and describing some of the places in downtown DC was amazing...even though her club hopping was about 8 years...

  • Caitlin

    I recived and ARC of this book through a giveaway on goodreads.I'm not usually big on memoirs, but I enjoyed this one. More than once I almost forgot what I was reading wasn't a work of fiction. I fou...

  • Laura Larson

    I really enjoyed Hiding Out, but I feel really guilty for taking pleasure in the train wreck of this womans life. She has been through so much, and so much of it is just... you can't make this stuff u...

  • Melinda

    I won this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it....

  • Patricia Raicht

    I could not put this book down. It is full of raw emotion, desperate need and some unexpected moments of humor. It was powerful and moving. So much naked honesty free of judgement. Well done!...

  • Carol Lee Coy

    An honest heartfelt account of a family full of secrets while trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy. I can relate. Thank you for sharing your pain and recovery....

  • Heidi Lynn

    Hiding Out A Memoir of Drugs, Deception and Double Lives by Tina Alexis Allen is a true story. Usually, I don’t read Non-Fiction unless it is true crime, autobiography of someone I really admire or ...

  • Cheryl

    I am not wanting to take anything away from Tina. It takes courage to share your personal life story with the massive and be judged. Yes, I said judged. It seems that we as a society can't help but ju...

  • Arlene Allen

    An audacious story, filled with raw emotion....