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A Useful Death

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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 wond
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 20th 2019 by Westland India
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Astha Vyas
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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. T
Priya Shrinath
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
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I love it when a crime thriller starts with the shot of the crime scene or the murder taking place. That’s exactly how Sriram Chellapilla commences his breathtaking thriller as he moves forward to tell us the story of the victim Priya, an aspiring actor, her friends from Uni and her presumed rival actor family – one of the giants of Telugu cinema, Mohan Krishna. The police investigation begins as they start interviewing friends and family of Priya and the media cannot
Ruchi Patel
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I have been reading suspense thriller genre a lot lately. I have been a huge fan of that genre. So that is the reason I picked this book up and I am glad that this book met my expectations. I will briefly summaries the blurb. The story opens with the investigation scene. An aspiring actor Priya is dead, it seems like suicide. She was about to appear in a movie. Media created a hype on her death. She was about to appear in a movie in Mohan Krishna’s home production. Mohan Krishna is a politician ...more
Shashank Pandey
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book is a breath-taking thriller. It is full of twists and turns which will keep you at the edge of your seat. The language, vocabulary and the writing style of the author are gripping. The characters are well created and strong.

The plot of the story is quite unique and contrasting from the usual Indian thrillers. The book starts at normal pace and quickens with the story, ending at full pace with an astonishing twist. You discover multiple aspects of the politics, society and fi
Priyaranjan Mohan
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fabulous read with a great storyline and fantastic characters. I love crime thrillers and this was no exception. I will definitely read more from the author. I really enjoyed the story with lots of action that move right along.  Author Sriram Chellapilla tells a good story here with strong sense of place and centrality of landscape and pursuit of dependent on landscape of plot. Characters are well developed (Mohan Krishnan , Partha ). The language of the book is simple . The cover pag ...more
Apurba Ganguly
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
First and foremost, I thank Writer's Melon and Westland Publications for sending a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A Useful Death is the most awesome crime thriller by an Indian author I have read this year (*adds the word "yet" somewhere in here*). The themes, the structure of the plot, and the way in which the author works out every point — each and every thing in the plot goes synchronises with every other element of the book. I have not read such a nailbiting t
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Aspiring actress Priya is found dead in her home and the main suspect who is believed to have driven her to commit suicide is Anil, son of Telugu Film Star Mohan Krishna. Priya and Anil were supposed to debut together in a film, and rumor has it that Anil and Priya had a love affair, which ended with Priya being dropped from the movie and may be fro
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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How many times have you heard the news of a suicide on the TV and changed the channel?
Have you ever paid heed to a person who had asked you for help and support?

A Useful Death is a story of a suicide of an upcoming actress in Hyderabad and Anil, the son of a prominent former Telugu Superstar and upcoming politician, Mohan Krishna is accused of driving her to it. To manage the fallout and the crisis, Partha and his firm are hired by the family. Having his own doubts on the super
Amit Pamnani
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
One can say this is a murder mystery type of novel, then one might also say it is a political drama novel, and one might even think of it as a novel on struggling actor who are disillusioned by the glamourous avatar of the film industry.
In fact, this is a story or a compilation of all the above three. It has murder, it has mystery, it has romance, it has politics, it has aspirations, it has suspense, it has tragedy, it has got everything which a political thriller should have.
The sto
Neelam Mungekar
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story begins with a investigation scene. An aspiring actress Priya is dead; it appears like she has committed suicide. Priya was about to appear in a movie with a former Telugu movie star turned politician’s son Anil. It was a debut movie for Anil and it was a hot topic all over the media. With this big news of Priya suspicious suicide our former Telugu movie star hires Partha to investigate the matter. When he arrives at the movie stars residence he is surprised to see the tense situation a ...more
Nivedita Dhar
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another murder mystery, another suspense and another good read. Author Sriram Chellapilla has penned this book like a pro Bollywood/Tollywood script writer. I believe I will get the chance to watch movie or any web series based on this book soon. Anyway let me tell you the synopsis of the story without being a spoiler.
So the story starts with the suicide of Priya, who is yet to hit the floor of Telegu film industry you can say a struggling actress. Her dead body was found by
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Priya, a theatre arts graduate is found dead in her apartment. It appears to be a suicide but the police is not convinced. There is no trace of any suicide letter and moreover many things in the apartment appears to be absurd. When the police questions the girl who informed them about the dead body, many unknown facts come to light. It turns out to be another film industry scandal as Priya was an aspiting actor and was betrayed by some high profile peoplr of the industry. Also the political angl ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cover: Quite simple and yet efficient enough to attract the reader.
Story begins with Priya, the aspiring actress who is dead. Is it a sucide or a planned murder? Anil the son of famous superstar and politician Mohan Krishna is being framed guilty. Is he the one who drove priya to sucide?
Partha hired by Rama Krishna is given the task to find out the culprit and clear Anil's image. Partha and his team try their best to find the culprit. On this mission they come across various
Yuva Ranjini
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes trying to solve a single question will eventually lead you to plenty in the due process. One must not succumb in its illusion to have a clear-cut end. Also, when solving a mystery, obsessing with “Series of search and research” is inevitable. A Useful Death is a fast-paced crime based tale makes the heart race possibly in multiple directions.

This Story sets at the note of aspiring actress Priya's suicide scene. Then the plot moves further to uncover the intertwined conspiracy be
Ritu Mantri
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After a long time, I have read a crime thriller that has been meticulously planned and perfectly executed with the right blend of thrill and suspense. The plot was complex and intricate, interview and fight scenes were vivid, with cinematic effects, characters were grey-shaded and secretive, with ulterior motives. The book is a complete delight for anyone who loves reading crime thrillers.

The story is about opportunistic people who can stoop to any level to serve their objectives. They could m
Dipali Gupta
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Useful Death By Sriram Chellapilla

I found this book title very intriguing, how can be a death was useful so find out that I read this book, story is very fast paced and gripping that i can finish this book in 3 sitting.story is written in such a manner that it makes it an easy read because mystery and suspense through out keep you hooked with the story.
Story starts with a murder of an aspiring actress Priya and there are lot of things missing from crime scene.A rumour that An
Padmajha [PJ]
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the story where Partha and his team work to identify what drove the aspiring actress Priya to commit suicide.
Her laptop and mobile phone goes missing and various people are blamed for its disappearance. Partha works discretely to find out the mystery surrounding Priya's death and tries to locate the missing gadgets.
The story starts in a leisurely pace and then after one third of the book, it becomes a page turner!
Naxalism, Leftists views, students getting involved in po
Honey & Anjali
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
The glamorous world of movie stars have always been the center of controversies, not to mention there have been tons of mysterious deaths and scandals that make their way to tabloids. This book deals with the death of an aspiring actor, Priya who is found dead in her apartment. At first glance, it seems like a suicide but what meets the eye isn't always the truth and this is exactly what the police thinks about this particular case.

Investigation leads to revelation of some ugly truth
This is one book which actually kept me guessing for a long time. There were many moments when I felt that I should keep it down, but then something would come up and I would continue with it. Initially, it is very slow, it took me three days to reach page 100, and then it picks up pace and the twists begin. The narration is in the form of a script with detailed descriptions of scenes, characters and action, and sometimes I felt that I was watching a movie, especially the action sequences. Some ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
My rating for this book will be 3.25/5
'A Useful Death' by Sriram Chellapilla is a political thriller. I am not much into politics and the blurb of this book doesn't mention that the whole book and story will be about politics. Still I will try to be fair with my review. The story starts with Priya, an unsuccessful actress who commits suicide and her friends blame her death on Anil, the son of an upcoming politician and a superstar. Parth is hired to get to the bottom of the incident and kn
Huda Shadab
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cover is a bit dull according to me, but the title is really eye-catchy and it will surely let a book lover to read this book.

Story plot:
The plot of the story is amazing, unique in its own way. As I was reading i thought as if I am. reading an international author. Such unique plot!

Narration and Charaterization:
Narrative part is a bit jumbled type as their are many characters I found a bit jumbled up things. But as we read it throughly the book is interesting and a gripping one to
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first book from this author and yes I enjoyed reading it . The title is catchy . Good narration that begins at a slow pace and picks up pace as the gripping story progresses. Language is simple and lucid.

What I liked?
A clear picture of the insights of the cine industry has been discussed explicitly.
The struggles of the youth who are ambitious to make it big in the glamour world has been portrayed well.
The characters are well developed as each character h
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Useful Death by Sriram Chellapilla is a great book to read with a leisure time in hand as you will ponder and imagine the film industry and Universty student politics role bit by bit. Pace of the book is above medium and you will have grip of a story at all times. This book has it all a mystery thriller has, a strong plot with powerful characters and excellent narration.

Author has brilliantly justified title and story and showed us how people even try to gain over one's death. This is the har
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Though this book is touted as a murder mystery, it’s not the usual “the butler did it” story. It starts at an even pace and is gripping as you read along. You get to see multiple layers and aspects of politics, the film industry; and how it intertwines with life on the campus as the plot unravels. I went expecting the usual story you read from Indian authors - betrayal, family, relationship etc. This goes much deeper beyond the average story telling, you cannot help not get involved with the cha ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Useful Death proved to be a breath-taking thriller with well planned and executed twists and turns that kep me glued till the very last page. The storyline was fantastic and the way in which the author builds each character is truly praise-worthy. Despite the intricate and complex plot, the language of the novel is quite simple which makes it a great reading experience. The book reflects the misuse of power and money by people at the top in various fields and how innocent people caught in betw ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To Begin with, I loved the minimalistic design on the cover. Dark Background with white fonts gives this book a little mysterious yet different look. On the cover there’s a man watching breaking news on the screen in front of him. I must say designer has done awesome job.
The story is like a blockbuster movie from me. From the starting itself the book its hold on the suspense and thriller. The narration was so smooth that I could literally imagine all the events happening. Simple language,
My Happy Chance
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely a good thriller to read. Can be easily finished in a couple of days. Fast read. Story and the plot is quite engaging and full of twists and turns. It shows some of the ugly truths of our society...Be it in film industry or as a society as a whole.. Good thriller by an Indian author..

Initially the book can look a bit slow but it picks up the speed gradually. An aspiring actress is dead and story revolves around whether it is a suicide or a well planned murder.
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