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Reviewed by Sarah Scheele for Readers' Favorite
Rust by Corbin Bernsen was a truly poignant and deeply human drama. Rather than relying on special effects, fantasy, or sizzle to deliver a plot, Rust’s quiet narrative lays open the vulnerabilities and frailties of the very ordinary. Hero James Moore grew up the athletic poster boy of a small northeast town called Kipling. But when his beloved mother - the only real link between him and his father - died, James retreated into himself and left Kipling to become a pastor, leaving his teenage sister, bitter father, and the hopes of the entire town behind him. Now an adult, James is called back to Kipling to investigate the brutal murder of a farm family by arson. In the midst of trying to repair his relationship with his father and proving his merit to the town, James will have to come to grips with the truth about his faith and the person who committed the crime.
I was very impressed with the subtle storytelling and emotional depth of Rust. Corbin Bernsen did a superb job of taking a motion picture and making a good novelization out of it. The Christian themes throughout felt touching and realistic. Side characters such as Mary, James’s divorced and overworked sister, Duane, the gruff but honest Chief of Police, and Rick, Mary's irresponsible, cheating husband were fully fleshed out and tactfully portrayed. Overall, I would recommend Rust because the characters seemed like real, flawed people and it got me thinking about my own faith.