Distinctive ideas are an intriguing and central aspect of every novel. On the surface, “The Life and Crimes of Harry lavender”, by Marele Day investigates the social criticisms of today’s modern society. The subversion of female characters is utilized to challenge our perception of gender stereotypes. Qualities of gender, dual appearances in setting and dual narration create the corrupted setting/world of Sydney as a way for Day to broaden audience understandings of gender, dual appearances, morality and technology. Furthermore, Day highlights the significance of the setting through the personification of Sydney, and the impact of technology in the criminal world.