A great book for sure. It is often difficult to be so close to the anti-hero, Raskolnikov, and at times I found myself filled with fear over what he might do. There were many mind twisting conversations and rich characters. If you are looking for black and white (hero/villan) characters...it's complicated. One of the difficulties I had with this book is that there were occasions where it was difficult to tell what was going on or who was speaking to whom. But--overall a great experience.