Spoilers ahead! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * - Nora's sister-in-law poisoned her. Makes me wonder about the kind of woman her s-i-l was also lol. - I think the mother explained the truth about her fake condition and showed her support. She knew Nora needed her mother just then. They were the same kind of women. - Probably it was all $$.
I enjoyed all the little twists in this book - this was my first time reading a Patterson and probably the fastest I've ever read a book too since it is obviosly such an insanely fast-paced page turner with its short chapters and quick revelations and such.
My only complaint is that I wish Nora would have found out that her mother was sane before she met her fate. The novel builds the suspense on this throughout and seeing or knowing how Nora would react would have been a treat for the audience, us as readers.
I do not share the complaints other people have about not knowing exactly what was on her mother's note or not knowing enough about the "other mission" of "the Tourist" and its conclusions, etc. To me the answers to those questions were ultimately obvious - since Patterson does give you some very clear hints as to the details.
Overall, though, I do agree with most that this book was good but not great. The novel loses a little something near its very end, like the writers were in a rush to wrap things up. I wish there had been more of a one-last, major blow-out confrontation or face-off between some or any of the many feuding characters - but instead things are wrapped up rather quickly and conveniently.
Also, the authors explained additional reasons why she kills - this question is pretty clearly answered within the pages of the book. There is a chapter where Susan and a psychologist discuss Nora's pyschological mind-state for one.
There are the clear details we know about her troubled upbringing in foster homes and the fact that she witnessed her mother kill her father at a young age. She loved/loves her mother deeply and hated seeing her taken away from her and then driven to insanity and confined all those years. She blames the men from her father to her mother's arresting police and so on for all this. She was probably a witness to male-to-female domestic-like abuse during childhood as well. She was probably abused or treated poorly by the men running the foster homes. As an absolutely gorgeous but vulnerable young girl in foster homes it is probably not a stretch to say that she was often sexually abused or harrassed during that time.
Finally, she straight up explains to O'Hara that not only does she absolutely love the money she gets - a major motivation - but that she enjoys the rush, the fun, and the game of seducing rich and powerful men, making them fall in love with only her, and then having the power to kill them and get away with it. She calls it a sport that she gets off on and explains that she hates men for "too many reasons" which are not elaborated on but which you can obviously guess on based on all the above.
Bookworm - how did you miss the killer, she is named explicitly in the big reveal.
I found the subplot about Nora leaving her purse with the letter in it behind absolutely ridiculous, but then there's so much that's ridiculous in this book.
Nora killed for $, but also because we are told there was a voice in her head telling her what to do and following it was the only way to shut it up.
However with the sociopathic traits displayed by Nora, the idea that she would have fallen for "Craig" are inconsistent. This book is terrible, lazy tripe, and the most blatant male wishful thinking. I thought I'd throw the book across the room if I read one more description of how witty Nora and Susan seemed to think that John/Craig was, when he hadn't said anything funny even once. Total misogynist tripe.