Review of A Useful Death by Sriram Chellapilla.

Title: A Useful Death

Author: Sriram Chellapilla

Format: Paperback Edition

Book length: 416

Publisher: Westland


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?


A useful death is such a fantastic thriller which keeps you on the edge of seat.

A murder mystery like no other of an aspiring actress Priya, the story revolves around with some political background people involved in the case of Priya.

There are many questions that comes to mind while reading it, is it suicide, is it a murder or who all may be involved in it.
This is a perfect delight for thriller genre fans.

The narration throughout the book is amazing which helps you to be hooked in such a lengthy book, the back drop used for plot is really common but is used in a great way along with the suspense.

Each and every scene has been given its time, which makes things interesting rather than boring. Author has worked really well on to each and every character, every character has hidden layers which just adds to twist of such thrillers.

The clarity with which the novel is described and plotted is just amazing to see, the language is flawless and dialogues are interesting as well.

Loved the way how title is justified to such a long story.

A must read book if you love suspense thrillers or murder mystery.

Thanks to Writers melon for the review copy in exchange of honest review.


I will rate it ⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5.

Link to buy the book:

A Useful Death by Sriram Chellapilla

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.

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