Watched the first 2 episodes tonight - anyone else? They will unspool on a weekly basis from now on.
I read the book last year, and I must say I'm pretty impressed with the adaptation so far. They've managed to pack a lot of info into the first two episodes in an economical manner. They've changed a couple of things (locale is now in Georgia rather than Oklahoma, the main character and his wife are grieving a dead son in the show, which wasn't in the novel), but otherwise it's very faithful to the novel. Casting is pretty bang on - I even pictured Jason Bateman in my head as the main suspect when I was reading the book (someone who can play popular and likeable, but also morally slippery). I was surprised by Ben Mendelsohn's casting as Ralph Anderson, as he usually plays skeevy villains, but he's an excellent actor, so he works for me in the role of a detective. Julianne Nicholson is also excellent as Bateman's wife. The only bit of casting that is bothering me is Yul Vasquez as Anderson's partner Sablo. His character in the book was quite jovial and brought some much needed levity to the story but in the show he's far too sombre. I just cannot buy that particular actor in this role, or any role for that matter. He was also in Russian Doll, and I didn't buy him in that either. All I can see when I look at him is his terrible, and very obvious dye job, and I found it distracting.
Anyhow, kudos to Bateman on a good directing job with the first two episodes. Curious to see how the rest will go. Very glad to see it's an HBO production, as it definitely seems high quality so far. I was worried that it might wind up on a more cut-rate streaming service when I heard they were doing an adaptation.