Book Reviews

A Useful Death by Sriram Chellapilla – Book Review

  • Author: Sriram Chellapilla
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Westland (20 May 2019)
  • Language: English


I remember reading a fantastic thriller a few months back. It was so good that it became one of my best reads of 2019. Thriller, without a doubt, is one of my loved genres and never fails me. And here’s a book which gave a perfect vibe to thrilling 2019.

A Useful Death by Sriram Chellapilla is a sharp narrative on the filth of the movie industry and how it gets murkier as it entangles with power, lust, and politics. The book kickstarts with the death of an aspiring young actress who died under suspicious circumstances. A name is dragged in the case who is the son of one of the most influential and notorious men of the industry. Investigators are seeking to solve the mystery and it would be interesting to uncover the layers.

If I had to describe this book in a word, it would be – gripping. No matter how many adjectives I might use for the book, its pace remains the most important factor which kept the whole narrative balanced. The story deals with a contemptuous aspect od the industry where the people are exploited. It also brings to light the mindset of an opportunistic person and the kind of havoc it could wreak. The character development and narration was amazing. I particularly liked the writing which was fine and interesting. Although there were a few points where I found the length and description a little overwhelming, I did enjoy it thoroughly. The book is a perfect pick for a contemporary thriller lover. The book gives a clear insight into the society in an engaging manner. And this should be a reason good enough to go ahead considering to read.


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