I wasn’t aware of that but it makes a lot of sense - the hard cuts to black for commercial, the John Stamos casting. Still, I thought this was pretty good at building and keeping the tension of who would find things out, and the reveal at the end sets it up nicely for season 2 (which it looks like we’ll get late this year). The lead did a great job of slipping between caring boyfriend and obsessive psychopath even within the same scene.
Apparently there was a major departure from the books in that Joe drowned Candace and killed her - which explains their conversation in the book store. Based on that I expect the series won’t follow the books too closely going forward.