Book: A Useful Death
Author: Sriram Chellapilla
Publisher: Westland Publications
First published: 2019
Genre : Political Thriller
Rating: ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐ (4/5)
About The Book
Aspiring actress Priya is dead. It’s a suicide, and rumor 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?
About The Author
Sriram Chellapilla is a writer and screenwriting lecturer. He has a Masters in Communication and lives and works in Hyderabad. His first novel The Long Reverie of Partha Sarma (Penguin India) was published in 2006.
The book is a good thriller that surprises you at the end. So when i started reading the book, it felt like this is not going to turn out to be a good one as i had already started my predictions and after every chapter it kept on adding up to my predictions. But then boom. The story started making me doubt my predictions and the ending turned out to be something i completely did not see coming. And that is what i call a thriller well done. So the plot is tempting and the narration is perfect. The character development was done well. I loved the way the author developed Mohan Krishna’s character and kept the best of it till the end. Partha, the detective who is the extra smart guy, the one who tends to understand everything was the best character in the book and i would love to see him solving more cases with Seema and Harish. The language used in the book is good. Even though there was too much of description in few places and was a bit slow moving, it had absolute no scope of confusion. The way the author had presented the entire cinema industry and the politics behind it is fascinating. This book can be made into a movie which would be no doubt a blockbuster.
I rate this book four out of five stars for engrossing me into the intriguing political thriller. It would have been nice to see Anil at the end. But the book is must read and worth your time. I recommend this book to everyone who loves reading slow paced thriller. This book is not going to upset you.
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