Keeping the Biblical themes going, an Adam and Eve subtext is revealed in the alternative reality of Avodah, which means “work” in Hebrew. French’s previous book The Ascent of Issac Steward makes a reappearance in the form of the Dandelion Tree. As with The Ascent of Issac Steward, it’s sometimes difficult for the reader to work out what is the dominant reality and what is fantasy in Blue Friday. However, to a certain extent the distinctions don't matter.
After all, Blue Friday isn’t meant to be taken too seriously. Instead, this clever, beautifully written story takes the notion of “family friendly working hours” and work-life balance and follows the idea to a terrifying conclusion and leaves the reader wondering what happened and how. Blue Friday is an enjoyable read that will leave the reader guessing.