Book Review: A Useful Death -by Sriram Chellapilla

Book Blurb:

Aspiring actress Priya is dead. It’s a suicide, and rumour has it that Anil, son of politician and former Telugu-movie superstar Mohan Krishna, drove her to it. Just another film-industry scandal? Or something bigger, much bigger?

Partha, hired by Mohan Krishna’s family to handle the crisis, thinks so. Why won’t such a powerful father defend his son, Partha wonders. Is there an intra-family war? Whose interests are playing out in the media and on social media? Is a political game afoot or is this all connected to Mohan Krishna’s own dubious past? And why are student unions getting involved?

Even as Partha and his associates, Seema and Harish, confront the ethics of being involved in a war with no heroes, they are drawn into a dangerous hunt. They must negotiate a tangled and vicious world to answer one question: a young woman is dead—to whom is her death useful?


Lets start by saying that “A Useful Death” is a pretty impressive crime thriller by an Indian author. Sriram Chellapilla opens his book with the scene of crime taking place and it immediately sets you into the tone of the plot.

As suggested by the Blurb, this is a story about Priya, an aspiring actor who has been murdered just in the start of the book. The book touches upon the dark side of politics, the world of showbiz and journalism. The characters are well defined and feel real. They have a set of flaws as well as subtle charm, a little shade of grey takes the characterisation to new heights.

The book is detailed and links every little piece to the story. The backdrops and the sub plots add a lot of flavour to the existing story-line. The story is amazing and the twist in the end is enthralling. The turning points are so subtly placed that they gel into the universe of this book perfectly.

I specially liked the writing of the Author, he has used the right words to make reading a rich experience. The writing style is interesting and gripping. I actually enjoyed all the detail in the book.

This is a good read for those who enjoy crime thrillers and willing to invest some time into the details. The book is a little thicker but it promises a wonderful plot. I must also comment that this book is movie/series material and might get adapted sooner or later.

Book Information:

Pages: 416

Language: English

Genre: Crime Thriller

My Rating: 4/5



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