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The Disappeared (Jenny Cooper #2)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  531 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Two young British students, Nazim Jamal and Rafi Hassan vanish without a trace.

The police tell their parents that the boys had been under surveillance, that it was likely they left the country to pursue their dangerous new ideals. Seven years later, Nazim’s grief-stricken mother is still unconvinced. Jenny Cooper is her last hope.

Jenny is finally beginning to settle into h
Hardcover, 421 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published September 2009)
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Linda Boa
Jul 30, 2016 Linda Boa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Cripes! Near the end I was actually shouting at this book! I've done that with films, but don't think I've ever done it with a book before!
Coroner Jenny Cooper is a wonderful character - her personal life may be a bit of a disaster, but as a professional she won't take no for an answer. Can't wait to read no.3 in this series, which I highly recommend, but it's one definitely to be read in order as Jenny's erratic personal life plays a large - and fascinating - part.
This is the second completed
Jul 24, 2016 Maddy rated it really liked it
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It starts out as a relatively ordinary case. Amira Jamal has requested an inquest be performed by the coroner's office. Her son, Nazim, and one of his school colleagues disappeared seven years earlier. The official line has always been that the two young men left the UK to participate in terrorist activity in Pakistan. However, Mrs. Jamal is not satisfied with that conclusion. She believes that her son is dead. By UK law, she has the right to request that a coroner undertake a review
Paul Pessolano
Dec 02, 2014 Paul Pessolano rated it liked it
“The Disappeared” by M. R. Hall, published by Simon and Schuster.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – April 26, 2011

If you are looking for an English mystery and looking for one that is more cerebral without the bullets, sex, and brutality this book is for you.

Jenny Cooper is a coroner and has far reaching authority when it comes to investigating death. Eight years ago two young Muslim University students disappeared and Jenny becomes involved in investigating their disappearance when
Kristen M
Oct 13, 2014 Kristen M rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes crime thrillers
Recommended to Kristen by: accidental find
I enjoyed the book and got very caught up in it, but it had, what I thought, were too many characters. I am going to take a break from my second novel about Jenny Cooper, but I'm sure I won't stay away from her, or M.R. Hall, for long.
Jun 08, 2010 Cin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very British.
Jul 02, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in series about Jenny Cooper, who is a coroner in Bristol and lives across the bridge in Wales. She is a bit annoying, but perhaps I need to think about my attitude to her medication rather than criticise her. (I don't like the descriptions of the way she drives while under the influence of either her drugs or her symptoms. It might have something to do with living not too far from the same area and imagining coming across her in her car!) Anyway, the novel ends with a big hefty hint abou ...more
Lukasz Pruski
Jan 24, 2013 Lukasz Pruski rated it really liked it
One of the problems with sequels is that authors are bound by choices they made in the previous book(s) of a series. Jenny Cooper is a District Coroner, she has serious psychological and emotional problems that had resulted in a breakdown in the past, she is chemically dependent, and she is strongly driven to right the wrongs. The first book in the M.R. Hall’s series featuring Jenny Cooper, “The Coroner”, is very good (four stars from me). The threads of the plot in that novel nicely mesh with M ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this age of television drama we often hear the term M.E. and many think that medical examiner and coroner are interchangeable terms but that’s not the case. In the UK the coroner is a more highly respected legal officer than is often the case here. It is the coroner’s responsibility to show evidence that a death took place and that it’s given a proper legal classification; accomplished through evidence presented to a jury which then returns a verdict. Jenny Cooper takes her job as coroner ser ...more
May 31, 2010 LJ rated it did not like it
First Sentence: During her six months as coroner for the Severn Vale District, Jenny Cooper had known only a handful of corpses remain unidentified for more than a day or two.

Coroner Jenny Cooper is contacted by the mother of a British Muslim student for a formal inquest on her son. He, and his friend, both disappeared from their college dorm rooms seven years’ ago. The authorities claim they went to Afghanistan for terrorist training and failed to do a thorough investigation. Jenny also has a u
Nov 29, 2013 Sharon rated it it was amazing
OH please can I have 10 stars to give. I finished this at 6am this morning !!I absolutely love these books by M.R.Hall. His character is wonderful Mrs Cooper the coroner has flaws like the rest of us and is believable. The storylines never disappoint good solid stories not light and airy fairy.

This is the 3 novel I have read its doesn't matter if you pick this up separately. Yes they have the same character but each story is different. I can't write spoilers I never do. But the writing of this
Barbara Elsborg
Jun 16, 2013 Barbara Elsborg rated it it was ok
I liked the idea of this, a mystery tackled from a different point of view - that of the coroner. I liked the main character for all her insecurities and I liked the supporting cast too but it was the plot I couldn't get along with. I kept getting bogged down in the details and ultimately didn't really care what had happened to the boys. I hadn't read the book prior to this and I suspect I'd have enjoyed that better and maybe this one better armed with more information. But I do admire the autho ...more
Louise Armstrong
May 31, 2016 Louise Armstrong rated it did not like it
I thought this was OK at first, but then about a third through, I got fed up with the 'heroine'. Or maybe the writer's interpretation of her. The women's a mess. Can't keep food in the house, can't look after her teenage son. And women think they can have responsible jobs like being coroners? See, ladies, take a job that men should do and you'll fall apart....

Or maybe I was being too hard, but I didn't like the end of the book either. SPOILER ALERT. It's always the Yanks, isn't it? I am so bored
Sandra Shannon
Jul 17, 2014 Sandra Shannon rated it really liked it
This is the second book in this series. I am really enjoying the character of Jenny Cooper. She is a character with weaknesses and strengths. Interesting storylines and her interactions with the police and her assistant all add to an interesting read. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Nov 18, 2014 Elaine rated it liked it
Jenny continues to suffer from anxiety and is dependent on medication to calm her fears. Her persona as tough-as-nails coroner is polar opposite to what she's like in her personal life. As coroner she isn't cowed by strong personalities however, she makes really poor relational choices. When I think about it I see Jenny as all-too-human - not a perfect Barbie doll image. She's portrayed realistically, though not a very likable character. With their human foibles, Hall portrays all his characters ...more
May 16, 2014 Richard rated it liked it
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Difficult second novel; at times it seemed like a poor re-working of his first novel but if you stick with it the second part of the book rushes by with tension and clever plot manipulations.
The subject matter is quite brave and delicately fabricated, as the role of British born Muslims potentially radicalized at University. Two Asian students disappeared over 8 years ago seemingly last seen going to London to join the Holy War in Afghanistan. This is quite timely with the current crisis in Syri
Thomas Edmund
Jun 18, 2010 Thomas Edmund rated it really liked it
Hall’s The Disappeared is a slight departure from your typical modern thriller novel. The plot is more about our main character Jenny’s (the coroner who is still afraid of the dead) development than cheesey melodrama. Which was a refreshing reprieve, although it took some pages to get into the story as I had to actually come to be interested in the people rather than some gruesome storyline.

There is some storyline, but it kinda pales in comparison to the relationships we see unfolding around us
Jan 11, 2010 Diane rated it liked it
Jenny Cooper is a coroner for the Severn Dale District of Bristol in England. She receives a call from a frantic mother to investigate the disappearance of two young Muslim students, who "disappeared" seven years earlier in 2002. The police suspect that the boys left England after being recruited by a Islamic terrorist organization, however, the mother does not believe this is what happened. Since (7) years has passed, the law states that they boys can be declared legally dead. The final declara ...more
Kelly Roll
Feb 07, 2010 Kelly Roll rated it liked it
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Jenny Cooper has taken over the job of coroner in Severn valley and the story opens promisingly enough with the body of an identified young female showing up in the morgue. The scene then shifts the next day to a mother who comes to Cooper wanting Cooper to open an inquiry into the"death" of her son who disappeared seven years ago. Allegations of terrorism and cover ups led our heroine into an evermore complicated story. The mother is killed, the lead detective in both the case involving both th ...more
Jackie Molloy
Jun 20, 2012 Jackie Molloy rated it really liked it
It is about the things in which we place our trust e.g. friendship, police,M15, lawyers, doctors, parents and how all the things can be broken and the fragments splinter across the fragility of life. The disappearance of Nazim Jamal and Rafi Hassa, two very bright Asian university students in 2002 was the cause of the coroner’s enquiry after Jamal was declared dead. There were many twists and turns from Bristol to Wales, to Birmingham to London. The distrust bubbled from police officer to univer ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Ptreick rated it liked it
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After The Coroner, I was completely expecting to be hooked on this book. And I was -- about eight disks (two-thirds) of the way in. But it seemed like the author was trying to do too much here -- keep the thread of Jenny's anxiety running, expose some of her childhood fears, juggling two missing persons stories that seemed to be unrelated, introduce conflict with Jenny's teenage son, and create distance with Jenny's boyfriend.


And I just wanted to know what happened to those who disappeared.
Deanna Mayhood
Aug 03, 2014 Deanna Mayhood rated it liked it
After being a little unsure of the protagonist, Jenny Cooper, in the first book of the series, I was pleased to find myself eager to find out what would happen next in this one. I understood what drove her more fully in this book, and I was more willing to forgive her her temper and unpleasantly judgemental attitude at times. As for the story, I found this book just as frustratingly convoluted at times, and the writing is not exactly at fine literary levels, but at least the plot moves quickly a ...more
Jan 17, 2011 Judy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out very good, but went down hill in the last 100 pages. Two young fellows who people thought were muslim extremist go missing and one Mother tries to find out why and where they could be. The coroner, Jenny Cooper is conducting an inquest and everyone gives her the run around, even her PA tries to dissuade her from following up. Meanwhile another corpse is stolen from the mortuary, which Jenny is trying to identify. It does get complicated in sections. Like too many people inv ...more
Fab Librarian
Nov 16, 2013 Fab Librarian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To Mrs Jamal Coroner Jenny Cooper represents her last chance of ever finding out what happened to her student son, Nazim. He disappeared seven years ago and Mrs Jamal convinces Jenny to open an inquest into the circumstances surrounding his presumed death. Jenny is a determined and resolute character who believes passionately in the independence and integrity of the role of the coroner but what she uncovers tests her to the limit.

The second book in the Jenny Cooper series, this is an intriguing
Ann Tonks
Apr 06, 2016 Ann Tonks rated it liked it
You can't just solve a mystery through inexplicable violence in the last 20 pages of a 400 page book. There's lots of interesting character work and a great premise is this book but it's not brilliant.
Angie Swain
Jan 26, 2015 Angie Swain rated it liked it
A gripping and intelligent crime novel with a strong heroine capable of challenging the system to determine the truth. At no time does the plot ring unbelievable or "over the top".
I read the first one in this series because the author was the friend of a friend of my Dad's. I enjoyed the second in the series more than the first.
Renée Mee
Sep 14, 2014 Renée Mee rated it really liked it
I like reading this from a coroners point of view. Good story telling. Though the Muslim terrorist story lens becoming like the KGB Cold War stories of old.
Apr 30, 2014 Baoyi rated it liked it
It was a good read, with bursts of thrilling suspense to keep the pages turning. However, the bulk of the novel was focused on Jenny Cooper as a character, so much so that the plot was lost to me and it got confusing, especially at the end. Nonetheless, Jenny Cooper's issues made her so real I got frustrated and and sympathized with her at the same time. Jenny Cooper is definitely one of the most compelling, flawed and believable heroine I've ever read about.
Gary Van Cott
Overall this is a good book. I will rate it at 3.5 stars. I knocked it down a bit because it thought it was too similar to the first book.
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
Finally got to read a book with a solid protagonist.. The character,Jenny Cooper,is a fully-formed one and that makes the story realistic. I loved her persistence and straightforwardness at job. The story is packed with enough thrills and twists to make it a favorite to a lover of thrillers. The author manages to keep the suspense till the end and that makes the story more interesting. This is the first story I read in Jenny Cooper series and,I believe,my first read of the author. I definitely h ...more
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M R Hall, otherwise known as Matthew or Matt Hall, lives and works in the Wye Valley in Monmouthshire. Born in London in 1967, he was educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Worcester College, Oxford, where he graduated in law.

After several years as a criminal barrister in London, Matthew started writing TV drama, beginning with epsiodes of ITV's Kavanagh QC. He was nominated for a BAFTA for his
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