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The Disappeared

(Jenny Cooper #2)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  892 ratings  ·  94 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
Hardcover, 421 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published September 2009)
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May 31, 2010 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
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.
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Jul 24, 2016 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
Nov 26, 2014 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
Sep 18, 2014 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.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wondered about Jenny Cooper. She seems so unbalanced that she probably isn't really capable of doing her job and I'm not sure she has a firm grasp as to what her job actually entails. Most paeople would feel that if they are running afoul of the police on a regular basis they perhaps need to take some advice. On the other hand, I've just heard an interview with a Quebec coroner who expressed much the same feelings as Jenny displays, a concern that the dead not disappear completely, that they ...more
Liz Mc2
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apparently I am binge-listening to this series (my library only has three so it will be a short binge). Jenny Cooper the coroner is more stable in this one but still prone to charging into things without thinking them through and doing what “instinct tells her” (a phrase that I noticed A LOT in this book. The mystery revolves around two young (South) Asian men who have been missing for 7 years. Did they get radicalized and go to Afghanistan to fight? Or were they mysteriously abducted? Does ...more
Rhiannon Williams
Was a bit disappointed by this having really enjoyed The Coroner. It didn't feel like Jenny's character was developed and I found the plot a rather turgid. My attention wandered while I was reading it so I lost track of who some of the characters were. Found it rather odd the way the love interest from the first book was completely absent for most of the book.
Lukasz Pruski
Jan 24, 2013 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 ...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 ...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 ...more
Oct 04, 2013 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 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 ...more
Sandra Shannon
Jul 11, 2014 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.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Jenny Cooper is a coroner, and in this book she is dealing with young Asian men who have apparently disappeared. Vilified as having joined terrorist organisations, their families have a different view and one mother in particular is desperate to find out what happened to her son 8 years ago.

The book hints at conspiracies and that the problem is much more widespread than just the two men in the story, but doesn't really explore it further. The inquests feel very stilted and unlikely. Jenny
After reading a few reviews from people who weren't impressed with this book, I wasn't expecting it to be as good as the first one, which I had thoroughly enjoyed, but it didn't disappoint me at all.

While my own life experiences have never been so fraught with drama and chaos as Jenny's, I find myself able to emphasise and relate to her internal battles with her emotions, expectations and disappointments. Cheering for her when she manages to surmount yet another one of the frequent obstacles
Janice Bridger
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a more interesting story than the first in the series, but still pretty unbelievable how it all connected up! It was a bit too complicated as well with lots of characters and the coroner acting like a detective again. It introduced another character solicitor Alec McAvoy who was helping her - enough to get her sacked but she gets away with it cos it’s a novel. Then suddenly everyone starts to get radioactive and that connects with another case- but you have to keep reading and ...more
Claire Fraser
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Daniel Davidson
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second book in series a page turner

I came to the series because of the CBC TV program, which retains some of the elements of these books. It would certainly be interesting to see this one adapted. I'm still not sure why they decided to move the character to Toronto, but I have enjoyed both versions of Jenny. What a cliffhanger ending to this one!
Nicky Warwick
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Book 2/3 of the M R Hall set.
Once again Coroner Jenny Cooper is on a sensitive case. This time she's opened an inquest into the death/disappearance of a young Muslim man at the request if his mother.
Jenny tries her best for the woman but finds herself being muzzled by the Security Services.
Can she get to the bottom of what happened to Nazim or will she be steamrollered into submission?
May 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
I don't like how the main character, Jenny, is written. I'm not sure if it is because she comes across as weak. She wouldn't be in the position she is in if she was like this in real life. It just really grates that she isn't a strong, assertive person.
Simran Sandhu
The ending left me unsatisfied
concept was good
but it could have been better
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I do prefer the books to the telly show. The books main character has depth and you can relate more to her. As well it writes about the area I lived in for many years.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series although book #4 got a bit hard to follow. If book number 5 is the same, I am going to quit but highly recommend 1-3!
Peggi Warner-lalonde
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Now I have to hunt down the third book in the series.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is shaping up to be a great series. The Coroner was good but felt a bit clunky whereas now the characters have had time to settle in the flow of The Disappeared is much better.
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!
Georgina de Lautour
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Didn’t enjoy this as much as The Coroner. The political angle was a bit lost on me and there were too many characters to follow for my liking.
Sarah Fisher
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a good book, I confess to being slightly disappointed by the ending but overall an enjoyable read.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyed it but don't think the ending answered all the questions. Would like to read the next book in the series.
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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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