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The Disappeared (Jenny Cooper #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  687 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews

SEVERN VALE DISTRICT CORONER JENNY COOPER signed up for the job imagining a quiet life in the English countryside—a chance to repair her relationship with her college-age son and to conquer a frightening addiction to pills that emerged in the wake
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Simon & Schuster (first published September 2009)
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Linda Boa
Jul 30, 2016 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
“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
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very British.
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
Lukasz Pruski
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 19, 2014 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
Dec 24, 2012 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
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sandra Shannon
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Claire Fraser
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, very well written. Jenny Cooper is an entirely believable, sympathetic character. The book kept me reading past midnight as I was so desperate to find out what happened. Then the ending! I was very tempted to get out of bed to take the third in the series off the bookshelf and start it then and there, it was only the thought of not getting any sleep at all that stopped me. I'd recommend this series to anyone who likes this genre.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gosh this was a bit of tricky mystery for Jenny to solve! And that ending ... cliff hanger!
David Highton
A second book in the Coroner series, with a pretty good plot, but I do find the psychological problems of the lead character a bit wearing. The book was probably 100 pages too long
Thomas Edmund
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jackie Molloy
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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 13, 2011 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
Louise Armstrong
May 31, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Fab Librarian
Nov 16, 2013 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
Viji  (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
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A challenging read in that I found the main character annoying, but that didn't detract from the story. Very well written and researched novel about a female Coroner for the Severn Vale district based in Bristol. It's the second book in a series by M.R. Hall about Jenny Cooper. Although I liked the book I wasn't fussed about reading any more of his, until the very last page! It ends on a cliff hanger to end all cliff hangers, so I have to keep going. I'm also going to read the first in the serie ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good read about Jenny Cooper who is a district Coroner. I loved the first book in this series and although I did enjoy this the second book I did find it a little confusing during the middle section. There was so many names flying around I had to keep going back over pages to remind myself who was who. The ending was very good and had a great cliff hanger so onto the Third book.
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.
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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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