There is a lot of controversy about this book, which I read up on while I started reading. The author is not herself an immigrant, and that's where the controversy arises. I think if you keep that in mind - meaning don't take everything totally to heart or pass judgment based on the book, then you are in for quite the ride. It's very well-written, gripping, disturbing!, and thrilling. I would say it's about as disturbing as some Stephen King novels. If you're okay with that, then it's definitely worth the read.