May 13, 2021

Book Review of *The Pink Mutiny* by A.E. Spencer @AESpencer4

The Pink Mutiny: A sizzling, jaw-dropping historical cum psychological thriller that will have you hooked by A.E. Spencer

If Amelia reveals Sehnaz's secret to save thousands of British lives in 1857s vibrant city of Lucknow, will she be the victim of her own secret?

Amelia always dreamt of rescuing the widows who are forcefully cremated alive in India as male British officers there are apathetic to women's agonies. She weds Brigadier Colin and shifts to Lucknow, India, from London. Only a powerful woman can help the weak.

Reality hunts when Amelia finds Colin's secret about his dead first wife. Before she would also become another secret of him, she runs for her life when the armed rebel against the British rulers burns India in 1857.

While escaping in a horse cart at night, she helps a burqa-clad woman, Sehnaz, walking alone on Lucknow's empty streets and gives her lift. Didn't she one day promise to assist helpless women?

Next morning, she realises Sehnaz is a courtesan and is carrying a dark secret for the rebels that could cause a massacre of thousands of English families living inside The Residency, the fort-like English colony she once lived with Colin.

If Amelia reveals Sehnaz's secret, she can't keep her own...

Graphic and fascinating in portraying two women's journey for fulfilment daring to tread into unconventional, The Pink Mutiny opens doors of a world that was once lush and sensual but stark and brutal.


I am a man who writes women-protagonist book, keeping myself in woman’s shoes. I didn’t do it for marketing. Rather, it was childhood beliefs that God is a woman. I am a Hindu and we have so many photos of goddesses (Lakshmi, Durga) and they all decorate our walls. Even at that age Lord Krishna appeared to me as a woman, with his long hair, cute face with no beard.

One day I got news that my aunt who lives in the next house has given birth to a son. I was just 5 years old. I ran to her house. A young and beautiful nurse, who might have helped in delivery at home, was bathing the baby. I immediately ran to my mother and said I saw God next door. Please come and see before she vanishes into the air. Mother knew I was talking about the nurse and she didn’t show any interest. When I repeated, “Don’t you want to see the God? You had told me God brings baby home and here God has brought a baby for my aunt.” Mother didn’t reply to me, but laughed. Years later, I knew God is a male. And my heart broke. So much that it has not healed so far.

Whenever I have taken up to writing, without my plan. I have always created woman protagonist.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Pink Mutiny was a thrilling page turner debut novel set in 1857 India when the British controlled the country. Spencer did an excellent job of bringing these characters alive for me, with culture aplenty. This is a captivating story of two women from two distinctive and inaccessible societies, one English and the other Indian. Their fascinating collaboration, common doubt, rivalry to achieve the alpha woman's position all that occurred in a period when a customary woman's life in India overflowing with tenseness.

I particularly recommend The Pink Mutiny by A E Spencer to anyone who enjoys reading novels where the characters and plot are richly developed. I would like to thank the author for the copy in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.  

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