It starts slowly and, for some unknown reason, by the end of the first page we're in the point of view of horses. There's way too much information given in dialogue and long quotations from research done by the main character (who is not a horse.) Since a lot of people don't know much about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome it was necessary to convey some of that information, but only the basics were necessary for the plot and the rest could have been listed at the end of the book.
The only reason I kept reading was my personal interest in the disease, but I'm glad I did. About a third of the way through, the book picks up and the rest is an exciting adventure that kept me turning the pages.
This novel is a good way of letting the general public know about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and, while fictionalized, many people think the sort of machinations it portrays that have kept the disease from being recognized and treated are real.
In this work of fiction anti-viral drugs can cure the disease and I can tell from personal experience that they don't work for everyone. *I was on one for months and all it did was cause permanent neurological damage. (If anti-viral meds could kill retroviruses they would probably cure AIDS, too.) But that kind of medication may have helped the author, who writes under a pseudonym.
However this novel is a good way to make people aware of problems most know nothing about and, once the reader gets past the informative first chapters it's an enjoyable read.
*For information about how I recovered from that disease please read my earlier posts on that topic here: