The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

The Sun Does Shine

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 money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years ...

Details The Sun Does Shine

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

Reviews The Sun Does Shine

  • Diane S ☔
    I am not sure where to put my feelings after finishing this book. I am appalled, angry, sad but also filled with admiration for this inncent man on death row for over thirty years, who managed to retain hope and love. Not that he never got angry, he did, but he still hung on, didn't give up. He had a best friend, Lester a childhood friend who never missed visits, a mother to whom he was her baby boy, always asking him when he would be coming home...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    5 inspirational and unforgettable stars to The Sun Does Shine! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted of murder and spent 30 years on Death Row in Alabama. His cell was close enough to the execution block that all his senses knew when someone’s time had come. Hinton’s public defender was incompetent and so was the star witness in ballistics who happened to be blind in one eye and asked for help in doing his job. Add to that...
  • Esil
    If you haven’t read Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stephenson , it’s a must read for anyone interested in the criminal justice system in the US and especially the death penalty. Strike that — it’s a must read for everyone.The Sun Does Shine has a foreword by Bryan Stephenson, but it is written by Anthony Ray Hinton, an inmate who was on death row in Alabama for 30 years. Hinton was sentenced to death for murders he...
  • 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...
  • Bkwmlee
    As I write this review, I am wiping tears from my face -- tears that flowed more than once as I was reading this amazing book. It is hard to describe the gamut of emotions I felt as I followed Anthony Ray Hinton’s incredible story of having to spend 30 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. Disgusted, appalled, angry, outraged – none of these words seem to be sufficient in relaying my feelings towards the blatant miscarriage of ju...
  • 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...
  • Emer
    "It was nothing less than a lynching - a legal lynching - but a lynching all the same. The anger I had tried so hard to stuff down and pray away was back in full force. My only crime was being born black, or being born black in Alabama. Everywhere I looked in his court room, I saw white faces - a sea of white faces. Wood walls, wood furniture, and white faces. The court room was impressive and intimidating. I felt like an uninvited guest in a ric...
  • Brandice
    In The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row Anthony Ray Hinton provides a first person account of his 30 years on Death Row - An innocent man served 30 - no, that’s not a typo - years in prison for a crime he did not commit - That’s my entire life. Hinton talks about his life growing up in Alabama, but most of the book focuses on his time spent on Death Row because sadly, that’s where he was forced to spend the majority...
  • Valerity (Val)
    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...
  • Stephanie Anze
    In 1985 Anthony Ray Hinton was accused of shooting a restaurant manager and of killing other tw0. Despite the fact that he had a solid alibi, and was in fact innocent of all charges, Hinton was found guilty and sentenced to death in Holman State Prison. Hinton was only twenty-nine at the time and believed that soon his innocence would be proven. But year after year passed and he was no closer to reclaiming his freedom back. With the help of his d...
  • 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...
  • Joey R.
    I began reading “The Sun Does Shine” by Anthony Hinton after my mom told me it was one of the best books she has ever read. After completing the book in less than 3 days, I have to agree it is one of the most inspiring and well written accounts of one man’s journey through adversity that I have ever read. Hinton does an outstanding job telling his life story and the ups and downs he went through as a result of poverty and the bad decisions ...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    4.25 stars Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin's Press, and especially to Ray Hinton, for allowing me to read and review this book. Published March 27, 2018. I laughed, I was happy, I cried, I was sad. However to the unread observer you could never have imagined at what points in the story those feelings occurred. Or if I was possibly crying because I was so happy. This book provided an avalanche of emotion. Anthony 'Ray' Hinton was happy living hi...
  • Becky
    You need to read this book! Heart-wrenchingly tragic and extremely inspiring - written with true flair and style.
  • Debbie
    Wow, this was such a heartbreaking read.It also had my blood boiling. Who are these people elected in to play God? The State of Alabama should be so embarrassed.This was such an interesting and touching story. I read a lot of it with (I'm sure) a shocked look on my face when I could not believe all the imbecile moves being played behind the scenes with Hinton's life.I really found the part about Henry very interesting, as well.Good luck on any an...
  • Caryn
    One of the most important nonfiction books I’ve ever read was Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. He does an excellent job about teaching us how unjust the justice system is and follows several cases where innocent men were sent to prison or death row for crimes they did not commit.When I saw he wrote the forward for this memoir, I knew I had to read it. Anthony Ray Hinton was put on death row at age 29 for crimes he was completely innocent of. Even...
  • Jaime
    The Sun Does Shine is a eye opening memoir about a guy who was falsely accused of a crime and sentenced to die. You know you are in for a deep read when you read the synopsis. However, you should not let that stop you from reading this book. While reading this, I felt a deep sorrow for Anthony while learning about his family history, his upbringing and lack of opportunities. You feel the gravity of the injustice that Anthony suffered through by r...
  • Mackenzie H
    Wow. I seriously can not find any other words to express how I feel after reading this book. And even that doesn't do it justice. When I saw this book on here and read the description, I knew I had to read it. The Sun Does Shine is about a man, Anthony Ray Hinton, who was charged and arrested with two counts of capitol murder in Alabama. Anthony was only twenty-nine years old at the time. Hinton was stunned and confused. The only reasonable and l...
  • Diane Yannick
    This book hit me in the gut. Hard. Sure, I’ve read other books about men who have been wrongly convicted of murder and ended up on death row. Yet, somehow, this one put me inside those bars and held me there. Hinton told his story with grace, hope and forgiveness.Imagine for a minute having an ironclad alibi that no one will even bother to check out. Your state assigned lawyer is pathetic and mostly cares about the fact that he’s only getting...
  • DeAnn
    This one was so good! I'm familiar with Bryan Stevenson's work, so it was good to read this one from a death row prisoner's perspective.Ray Hinton is an amazing man and his story is just a travesty of justice in Alabama. I can't believe that it took the state of Alabama so long to admit their mistakes. It hurts my heart to think about how many other men and women have been executed when they were innocent. And how many years were wasted in jail. ...
  • 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.
  • 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 mem...
  • George
    POWERFUL AND COMPELLING.“He was a poor man in a criminal justice system that treats you better if you are rich and guilty than if you are poor and innocent.”—from the introduction by Bryan Stevenson (p. ix)“But pain and tragedy and injustice happen—they happen to us all. I’d like to believe it’s what you choose to do after such an experience that matters the most— that truly changes your life forever.” (p. 1)A little over a mont...
  • Jeanette
    A powerful story that will stay with me for some time. I cannot even begin to put to words how i feel about this innocent man who spent 30 yrs on death row for a crime he did not commit. It should never have happened, but sadly there's no doubt that there are more innocent people currently behind bars. Makes you wonder how many. I am so grateful that here in the UK we have no death penalty. The Jury system does need to change, even here in the UK...
  • 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...
  • Donna
    This is definitely a story that needs to be shouted from rooftops. Reform is necessary. I think the author raised wonderful questions worthy of discussion and attention. He drew attention to the holes in our justice system and those who seem to be railroaded by it. But he also told his story and how he handled 30 years on death row knowing he was innocent of all charges. His story is tragic. I was wowed by his determination, his love of family, a...
  • sarah 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...
  • 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...