Odette is a scriptwriter for a popular TV soap opera. When she moves to the small Free State town of Nagelaten she hopes to leave her problems - of family, fraught relationships and experiences of crime - behind in Joburg. When Odette begins seeing the local engineer, Adriaan, also an outcast in this small town, secrets begin to surface around the murder of Adriaan's wife. Odette's world begins to unravel, when her 'troubled' daughter, Mandy, is suspected of killing the baby she was au pairing in the UK and soon comes to live with Odette.
The Imagined Child is a carefully plotted Whodunit that combines Jo-Anne's trademark lyrical style with tight suspense that will keep you guessing until the last page.