Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Last Train to Key West” by Chanel Cleeton, Berkley Publishing, June 2020
Chanel Cleeton author of “The Last Train to Key West” has written an amazing, captivating, riveting, intriguing, and memorable novel. The Genres are Historical Fiction, and Romance, with a touch of suspense and mystery. The timeline for this story is in the 1930s just after the Cuban Revolution, and around the Great Depression. This also takes place during the worst Hurricane in the Key West. Many men have been in the Great War. The story goes to the past when it pertains to the characters and events. The author describes her colorful and dramatic cast of characters as complex, and complicated.
I love everything about this novel and I love the author”s vivid descriptions of the characters, scenery, and plot. Who doesn’t like characters such as gang members, soldiers, criminals, strong and determined women, and the F.B.I.? Put them all together and you have a fabulous cast of characters!
The Key West in the 1930s had people who wanted to find themselves, and those who wanted to get lost. There are contrasts between wealth and poverty, good and evil, right and wrong, and rules for survivors. There are twists and turns. Chanel Cleeton has put the pieces in her story, and the reader gets to see the finished puzzle.
Three women, all strangers get to meet one another. Each has their own unique set of problems and challenges. Somehow the Key West connects them as does the terrible Hurricane that causes much destruction. I highly recommend this thought-provoking novel to readers who enjoy Historical Fiction.