A Useful Death by Sriram Chellapilla

#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?

Author: Sriram Chellapilla

Publisher: Westland

Pages: 416

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

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 angle makes it more enthralling. If you have read the blurb you know it all. So what is the real deal? Why is Priya dead? Who id behind all these? If you want to know then pick up the book asap.

The book is beautifully written and keeps you at the edge of your seat. With commendable set of characters and a power packed plot the author leaves you awestruck. The story starts slow but as you keep on reading the pace picks up and makes the book unputdownable. As you keep on turning the pages be prepared to get surprised. And not to mention the final twist will leave you dumbfounded. It can be turned into a perfect bollywood movie with a nailbiting climax. If you are a sucker for murder mystery then you are going to love this book. With so many twists and a gripping plot the book will be a perfect weekend read.

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