The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

The Sun Does Shine

A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.But with no mon...

Details The Sun Does Shine

TitleThe Sun Does Shine
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Crime, True Crime

Reviews The Sun Does Shine

  • Nancy
    Last year I read Bryan Stevenson's book Just Mercy. It was crushing to read about a justice system based on convictions and political gain at the expense of innocent men. It led me to read I Can't Breathe by Matt Taibbi about the death of Earl Garner and also to Michelle Ko's Reading with Patrick. Each book is a moving account of the stories behind the Black Lives Matter movement. So when I saw that one of the Death Row inmates represented by Ste...
  • Karen
    An incredible story! My heart hurt for Anthony Ray Hinton, an innocent man with extraordinary patience who sat on death row in a 5x7 ft cell for 30 years. This man missed half his life due to an unconscionable travesty of justice in Alabama’s court system before finally being exonerated and set free in 2015 at 58 years old after a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. I don’t know if I will ever be able to forget Ray’s story. Surely, the Alabam...
  • Valerity *
    Beautifully written, I really sunk my teeth into this fascinating story of the wrongful conviction of Anthony Ray Hinton, a young black man who spent 30 years on Alabama's Death Row. His crime? Nothing more than being born black and poor in Alabama. He was convicted of the robbery, kidnap and attempted murder of one man, and the brutal murder of two others in a short period of time. Similar robbery killings continued after he was locked up, but n...
  • Dianne
    Would you have the capacity to forgive those who stole almost three decades of your life through hatred and ignorance? Anthony Ray Hinton was falsely convicted of two counts of murder in a travesty of justice in 1985. Subsequent appeals were further abortions in the courts. Why? Anthony Ray Hinton was a young, poor black man, who had broken the law before so in the “wisdom” of the Alabama judicial system, he was sentenced to death by electroc...
  • Becky
    You need to read this book! Heart-wrenchingly tragic and extremely inspiring - written with true flair and style.
  • sarah corbett morgan
    WOW! This is a must-read memoir. Somewhere in the middle of Ray's story about his 30 years on Alabama's death row, I realized he'd been wrongfully convicted while I was still in nursing school (1985). While he survived and watched 54 prisoners walk past his cell to be electrocuted, I graduated with a BS, worked a 20-year career, raised my kids, married again, built a house, and traveled. Ray stayed in his 5 x 8-foot cell 23 hours a day and fought...
  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    Finished reading: March 11th 2018 "And with that laughter, I realized that the State of Alabama could steal my future and my freedom, but they couldn't steal my soul or my humanity." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[I was intrigued by the premise of The Sun Does Shine as soon as I first read the blurb. I have a weak spot for memo...
  • Michelle Sibley
    A hard book to review. You can’t say it’s a good book as actually it’s horrendous, meet Ray, an innocent man who spent 30 years on death row, at times I felt like this was just a story, pages of fiction, but then it would hit that this is actually someone life. It’s absolutely shocking the way this case was handled. An interesting read and as close to death row as you’d ever want to get. Interesting side story’s with other fellow deat...
  • Eleanor
    I'll make this clear first: I am opposed to the death penalty. I wasn't always, but I had a change of heart and mind several years ago. But I remember how I felt about it before that change. I believed that some people were just beyond rehabilitation; that some people were pure-tee evil; that some people just deserved the harshest form of eye-for-an-eye we could mete out. What I also believed, though, is that I would rather have 10 guilty people ...
  • Cathy
    Publication Date: March 27, 2018 (advanced copy made possible by Net GalleyIn education, we call things like humor, creativity, persistence, work ethic, faith, and collaboration as "soft" skills. They are off content skills that are not graded or tested, but students who have these soft skills seem better equipped not just for school but for life. The wrenching memoir of an innocent black man who spent 30 years on death row in Alabama not for any...
  • Morgan Tallman
    Thirty years. THIRTY years. Years. Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years fighting for his life. Fighting for his innocence. And I know, he will spend the rest of his years fighting to end the death penalty. This book was an emotional roller coaster, and I can not even begin to imagine what those 30 years must have been like. I'm only 20 years old, 2/3 of his time in prison. I'd spend another 1/3 of my entire life so far, in a 5 x 7 cell. The injustic...
  • Toni
    EVERYBODY needs to read this book. It moved me profoundly. It is the true story of an innocent black man on death row in Alabama for 29 years. I don't normally read non fiction (this does actually read like a novel) but I was recommended it. Now I am passing my recommendation on. Read it people!!!
  • Samantha Clysdale
    I received this book from Goodreads giveaway. I got to page 30. I thought the book was about his time in prison. It was interesting. Till the part about him sleeping with other people's wives and girlfriends. I don't really see why this was in the book.
  • Barb
    Extremely well written, reads like a novel and is impossible to put down for very long.This book needs to be read by everyone.
  • Melody Boggs
    This review can also be found on my blog, Where the Words Take Me.Thank you, NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press, for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. It’s strange what you can get used to. When I got the email promoting this book, I was blown away by the premise. In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton, a black man living in Alabama, was convicted of two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and armed robbery and sentenced to...
  • Kristina Reads - Books. Blogs. Memes.
    How many sunrises and sunsets could one man miss in his life and still have a life?For as long as governments have used the Death Penalty to punish criminals, innocent people have been murdered by the authorities in the name of public safety. Anthony Ray Hinton - Ray to his friends - was almost one of those people. Accused of a crime he absolutely could not have committed, he was lied about in court and sentenced to death so that the state of Ala...
  • Jade
    If you are on the fence about the necessity of the death penalty I suggest you read The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. If you believe in the need for a death sentence, I also suggest you read it with open eyes and ears. Actually, everyone should read Hinton’s memoir, because it is in my opinion a necessary read on how broken the US justice system really is. And more: it is the story of how an innocent man spent nearly 30 years on Death R...
  • Traci
    The Sun Does Shine. Wow. What an incredible story. I was outraged just reading the introduction. This is the very personal life story of a man wrongfully accused. I highlighted in my kindle as I read and found that there were just TOO many beautiful lines to highlight them all.At the very beginning of the book Hinton gets up in court to defend himself. It was moving. Hinton took advantage of the awful moment to tell those trying to convict them t...
  • Carla
    This is a wonderful book about a man who is convicted for a crime he didn't commit. He served 30 years until his release. A poor black man from the South, Anthony believed that truth and justice would prevail. While he never gave up, he made the most of his time on death row, and helped other inmates in their quest if not for justice, but for their dignity. He started a book club even in the prison for the death row inmates. It didn't last long, ...
  • Kristen Beverly
    Perfect companion to Just Mercy. So interesting and painful to hear of Ray’s struggle in jail and with the court system. My only criticism of this book and Just Mercy is that I wish they showed a bit more of where we are now- what has been accomplished? What are they still working toward? What are their objectives? It’s a great story, but I wish there was something a bit more meaty, especially for the readers that want to do something more to...
  • Bill
    This is the most convincing case against the death penalty you’ll ever read. How would you like to be arrested by racist police, tried by a racist assistant district attorney and a racist judge before an all white jury in Alabama? Of course you are Black.The crime? Murder. The murder of a restaurant manager, car jacked and taken back to his restaurant, forced inside and turn over the night’s cash, then shot in the head.Where were you? Miles a...
  • Beverly
    I won a copy of "The Sun Does Shine" on Goodreads First Reads. Wow, what a story that Anthony Ray Hinton has told. It's so hard sometimes to realize that things like this happen. Anthony Ray Hinton is an amazingly strong man to endure all of this with so much grace and forgiveness.
  • Jen Naughton
    Reading about thirty years on death row through the eyes of an innocent man is gut-wrenchingly hard. Hinton's story flashes back and forth in time from the early days after his arrest when he felt convinced that it would all be straightened out to his Mother dying while he was trapped on Death Row and finally to his release after a Supreme Court Ruling in his favor. It is both hard and easy to believe that there could be such a terrible miscarria...
  • Amy Sunshine
    I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair/honest review.This book was heart breaking and uplifting and eye opening all at once. It is the true story of Anthony Ray Hinton who spent 30 years on death row for crimes he didn't commit. Hinton shares his story so openly and honestly. It's hard to imagine how he remained so positive when the deck was stacked against him and he was surrounded (literally) by hate and death. A t...
  • Judy
    The Sun Does Shine tragically illustrates that innocent until proven guilty is not a guarantee in our criminal justice system. Anthony Ray Hinton's story should be read in high school classes across the nation.I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
  • Lorraine
    This book is powerful and unputdownable; an incredible testament to the indefatigable spirit of a man facing an injustice so blatantly clear, that it's stunning he survived at all, much less thrived and is able to tell his his story in such an astoundingly beautiful way. This book is the definition of narrative-nonfiction. It reads like a novel, and breaks your heart as you let in sink in that it is indeed a true story of unspeakable injustice. B...
  • Brenda
    10 STARS......This is an incredible journey Ray Hinton takes us on; I laughed, cried and was very angry from page to page. Such a profound human being. How does one stay positive when 30 years of precious life has been stolen from them? He speaks of his loving God often in the book, impressively his beliefs remain strong during the most difficult times in his life. Before we get to death row and sadly for much of the book, we get a close up and p...
  • Carin
    One day Ray Hinton was mowing his mother's lawn when a police car pulled up. The cops arrested him for murder, and he had not one tiny clue what they were talking about. But he was sure everything would work out--after all, he hadn't done it. In fact, he had an airtight alibi for the time of the murder. But a lovely (and sadly in Alabama for an African-American, common) series of coincidences, incompetence, and racism all came together and Ray wa...