I read the book a few years ago and liked it...you're correct about the graphic scenes, not recommended for those with weak stomachs.I enjoy the alienist. It's based on a pretty good book so has an actual plot. Pretty graphic thoIt started pick up the pace a bit but still slow at times, up to episode 7. We've started watching The Alienist on TNT, not bad so far, good job with the sets, acting and writing.
Binge watched it. I liked it but it moved kind of slow.