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Rachel Evans is a sixteen year old overachiever who would take nothing less than to achieve her goal of getting into Dartmouth College. But Rachel’s life would never be the same once she stepped into the house of Alicia Hausefalle, the most popular girl in Wedds High School. Rachel was there to tutor her. She never expected to meet two strangers who were ready to end her lRachel Evans is a sixteen year old overachiever who would take nothing less than to achieve her goal of getting into Dartmouth College. But Rachel’s life would never be the same once she stepped into the house of Alicia Hausefalle, the most popular girl in Wedds High School. Rachel was there to tutor her. She never expected to meet two strangers who were ready to end her life....

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House Trap Reviews

  • Katelyn (Tales of Books and Bands)
    2019-03-17 01:16

    2.5-3/5 starsA thank you goes out to Mike for allowing me to read and review his book House Trap. While there were some parts that really bugged me, it was still a pretty enjoyable read.House Trap starts off with a flashback of a young boy named Nicolas and a tragedy he faces at a young age. Flash-forward 30 or so years and we now learn of a young girl named Rachel. Rachel is a closed-off, over achieving student trying her hardest to get great grades in high school so that she can attend Dartmouth, a prestigious college. While I think Rachel was meant to come across as a hard-working teenager with good goals in sight, I found her rather difficult to connect with. Her attitude towards fellow classmates, her mother, and her younger brother was quite harsh. If she had a bit of a softer personality I feel like I could relate to her a little better.Rachel agrees to help tutor a fellow classmate, Alicia. Alicia is the daughter of Nicolas, the young boy we learned of in the prologue. Due to the horrific events he faced as a child, he dedicated his whole life to creating home security systems to help protect families from intruders. His most famous creation is House Trap, a system of metal doors and windows that closes off all access points to the outside world. If there is an intruder outside you just activate House Trap and there will be no possible way for them to enter the house. Unfortunately for Rachel, Alicia, and Alicia’s two younger siblings Nathan and Amy, the intruders were locked inside the house with them when House Trap was activated. This story follows Rachel on her mission to free them from the house before the intruders can get to them.I thought the idea of the House Trap security system was very unique. The intruders being locked inside the house with them made the story very thrilling and exciting. I quickly read through it trying to figure out if they would make it out of the house alive. Even though I had a lot of issues connecting with the main character Rachel, she grew on me a little as the story progressed. We could see her worry, fear, and compassion for Nathan and Amy as she tried to protect them.I did find quite a few errors in the story. There were very few spelling mistakes but there was a lot of grammar, punctuation, and consistency issues. I am normally not very picky of errors in spelling and grammar if there are a few mistakes here or there (we are all human; we all make mistakes, even me!) but this became a nuisance. Several times I found that wrong names were used, commas missing, some words were misspelled etc.Yes I did find some issues with this story and main character but that should not deter you from reading it. It is a rather enjoyable, thrilling, fast-paced story!

  • Angelica
    2019-03-21 02:37

    Rachel Evans is a sixteen year old overachiever who would take nothing less than to achieve her goal of getting into Dartmouth College. But Rachel’s life would never be the same once she stepped into the house of Alicia Hausefalle, the most popular girl in Wedds High School. Rachel was there to tutor her. She never expected to meet two strangers who were ready to end her life.Background. At first I was unsure of what I would reply to his email (which accounts for my delayed response, sorry v^^) because I really don’t know how to make proper book reviews. Eventually, I took the offer and told him that I can only say everything that I think and feel about the book. Fortunately, he told me that he actually liked it that way. =)I am so happy that I accepted the author’s offer to give me a copy of this book so that I might make a review for it. I got no time wasted. And the book got me hooked by its first line.So Here Goes.The prologue has a gripping quality to it. Plus I can clearly see in my mind the setting and everything that’s happening from the peaceful-Christmassy-mood-of-the-neighborhood beginning to the traumatic-Halloweeny-aura-in-the-house ending. The scenes were playing in my mind much like a trailer of a suspense movie - the feeling that I’m not reading but watching as the story unfolds. I got so immersed that I had to remind myself that I might get late to work if I don’t stop reading.The mood immediately changed to a lighter one as the beginning chapters introduce the characters. I met Rachel, who became a grade conscious student ever since her friends, dubbed as her closest, mocked her that she would never succeed in life because of her bad grades. I felt bad about this because my closest friends never discouraged me. Fortunately, there was Kristen, a friendly schoolmate and an active member of a church organization, who is always ready to lighten up a grumpy Rachel whenever Rachel thinks that she did badly in an exam. Of course, there’s this mean girl named Alicia, into whose house all the suspense, thrill, and a lot of breath-holding happened to me.Suddenly, I remembered the movie Panic Room because the book's plot is very similar to it. But this one's more gripping for me because I got to imagine things on my own which is a lot scarier most of the time. Haha. Besides, after reading some fantasy novels lately, I thought that the feeling of suspense from this book is actually refreshing. XDThe traditional elements of suspense were there - countdown timers, running and then tripping along the way, a child sneezing while hiding under the bed, a door closing just in the nick of time, etc. But I don't know, they all still had great impacts on me. I was like hiding with Rachel, Amy, and Nathan, as well. Hahaha.House Trap also taught lessons to its readers:1. Never compromise your character even if a person doesn't treat you right."Ephesians 6:12-13- for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms - let me get to my point, Alicia is not my enemy and even if she might not treat me right, I'm not going to compromise my character."2. Don't be too hard on yourself. Stop worrying too much. And just enjoy life. :) ...she felt she had wasted her life worrying and stressing out on things. She never realized how life was precious and yet so short.There was one thing that I can't comprehend in the story. Rachel is supposed to be smart but she 'smashed the hard edge of the rope [ladder] against the bottom half of the glass window'. Why did she easily have to give away their positions to the strangers? I guess panic really muddles the mind. :pLastly, I think that the book needs another round of proofreading. I found some minor grammatical concerns in it like How I'm I going. I don't know if it's just my copy, though.

  • Kalilah
    2019-02-26 22:18

    'House Trap' is a compelling and original story about a young teenager who finds herself trapped in an unfamiliar house with two kids dependant on her protection, and a duo of dangerous thugs hell-bent on wiping out any "witnesses".I think overall the story is a good one. I found the concept of the 'House Trap' exciting and unique, as I've never read or heard of anything quite like it. The plot was well-played, constantly moving things along, with small breaks for the characters (and readers) to gather their bearings. There're a fair range of interesting characters, lots of "Eek!" moments and a bittersweet conclusion.Alas, as other reviews have pointed out, the grammatical errors were a downer. At first they didn't bother me, but upon reaching the climax of the story I found them to be jarring --taking away from the immersiveness (that's probably not a word) of the story and really puncturing the air of suspense. It was disappointing because those moments could have been real nail-biters if only the mistakes were fixed.Also, while the characters were interesting, and I felt a certain connection to the main character Rachel, I did wish some of them had more time to fully form (or fully-rise, in baking terms. I don't know why I'm using baking terms...), because there were snatches of intriguing pasts that hint at more complex individuals, but we don't get to see much of those layers manifested. Another thing... I loved the suspense, but there were moments where I would've liked more. More atmosphere. More eerie descriptions to give readers goosebumps. Just more.All of my complaints seem to direct towards a longer story. Maybe I do wish the story was a bit longer. I mean, I love short stories, they're my favourite type. But I love short descriptive stories even more.So I'm giving House Trap three stars, because I enjoyed it but I feel like its potential hasn't fully been realised. I'd love to read a revised edition, if ever there is one. Thank-you to the author for sending me a free copy to read and review!

  • Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
    2019-03-25 05:23

    Review posted here: House Trap is about a teenager girl named Rachel. She is an overachiever, goes above and beyond in all she does. Unfortunately, this doesn’t make much time for her family or to make friends. So one day while in math class, given she has the best grades, she is forced to tutor a rude and popular girl at school named Alicia. Rachel, of course, doesn’t want to tutor her, but has no choice. Everything goes fine until Rachel leaves to use the bathroom. This is when all hell breaks loose. Alicia’s home is under attack and even though it has the House Trap, a security system meant to trap intruders inside, it also traps the girls and Alicia’s siblings in with the intruders. I was emailed a few days ago by the author to review this book. After reading the description, I was more than glad to dive in. But I had no idea how heart pounding this was going to be. I honestly didn’t see this as a book, but more like a movie. Being trapped in a house with men who are intent on killing you, yeah, the adrenaline was staggering to say the least. I liked that the bulk of this book was about escaping with the children alive. We get a look into the life of Rachel and see that she doesn’t make time for anyone or anything. All she wants to do is go to her dream college, Dartmouth. She ignores and snaps at her mom and brother. But while in that house, knowing there’s a good chance her life will end, you see her missing them and regretting the way she has been so bitter towards them. And that was such a lesson for her, actually I think that was the lesson of the book. Change your ways now because you don’t know what will happen tomorrow. I loved the plot of the book. It felt real and put me in that mindset, “What would I have done?” It was so suspenseful and thrilling; I just couldn’t put this down. I mean, for all intents and purposes, I felt like I was reading an autobiography. That is how authentic this book felt. I applaud Mauthor for writing it in a way that forces his readers to put themselves in the characters shoes. It is truly brilliant. The only complaints I have are that I would have liked more background story. We get a taste, but a little more would have been nice, especially where Alicia’s dad was concerned. We knew who he was (tiny spoiler here, so I won’t say), but I wish we could know what he was thinking after everything happened. Seeing his life’s work being questioned and brought to light; I definitely was dying to know what he was thinking. What would his next step be? Would he keep going with his project or start over again? I am very curious. Also I have to note there were about a handful of grammar issues here and there. But if you are like me, you will be so engulfed in the story, they won’t be a bother. This book fell in my lap and well it is going to stay there. It wasn’t underdone or overdone, it was right on point. It felt so real and it was so thrilling. And for a short story, that just makes it all the more impressive. We get a few twists that make the book even more exhilarating. If you want a suspenseful, fast-paced thriller, I would highly recommend you check this out. It is only for a dollar, but trust me, it will be the greatest thing $.99 could buy. It is a steal as far as I am concerned.

  • I'mogén
    2019-02-24 22:32

    I received a free eBook from the author, in exchange for an honest review, but this doesn't alter my opinion in the slightest. I'll also be doing a video about it too! (YouTube link is on my bio).I give this a 2.5 stars.House trap had a basic sounding plot about a girl called Rachel visiting Alicia's home, the popular girl, to tutor her. Rachel doesn't expect to be put in a life threatening situation, but sure enough, that's what she gets!Now initially I was debating on giving this a 2 stars, but decided to bump it up an extra (higher) half star because I really like the premis of the story as the general idea of it is not something I've read about before. It was entirely unique to me and gripped me but at the same time I had a few issues with it. Before I talk about those issues, I'd like to say that I wasn't sure how the prologue fit into the main story but assumed a certain connection at the beginning. I forgot about it after a while and when it was mentioned again in the context I had previously assumed, I still found it to be a great "twist" in plot, even though it was predictable from early on.Now on to some of my issues. Unfortunately my main problem resolved around me not finding this novella to be incredibly well written. From a conversation with the author I gathered that he wanted my thoughts on whether this would play out to be a good film and so with that in mind I couldn't help but feel that this book felt heavily descriptive, often to the point of me becoming bored, and read like some sort of script. As well as that, sometimes it was difficult to follow because it kept switching between tenses. Although the concept would be interesting to see on the big screen, I feel like it is not well written enough book-wise for a strong enough adaptation to cinema.My second issue was that the way the characters interacted with each other did not feel realistic to me. They spoke oddly formal at times, which contrasted with some weird "hip" talking at other times! My last issue is more of a personal one and isn't the fault of the author but how I interpreted it myself (but on second glance, it is listed as fantasy... In no way is this fantastcal.). So obviously I assumed Rachel's life to become endangered once she got into this house, but from the vibe I felt, I had assumed that it'd be something more supernatural, so the actual events left me a little underwhelmed.Generally I believe this is a really strong and unique idea for a story, that did get my heart racing, but ultimately I didn't care too much for the characters and had a few too many issues with of for me to fully enjoy it.Pick it up, give it as go and enjoy! ^.^Gén

  • TheBookAddictedGirl
    2019-03-12 22:15

    This was sent to me by the author to review, and as I love a good thriller I said: Yes Please! So thank you Mike!Rachel just went over to Alicia’s house to do a little tutoring. She would go in and out, and would then be free to get on with her dream of going to Dartmouth. She knows Alicia’s father is the renowned inventor of House Trap, a device designed to protect the inhabitants inside the home against everything. But... what do you do when the house goes into lockdown mode... and the killers are stuck in with you...?The story started with a double murder, and just got more suspenseful and action-packed from there. The characters felt real, the story was not written in a way that slowed down the pace and the fear and creepiness were palpable all the way through. Plus there was that brilliant little twist that makes all good thrillers. Rachel was believable and relatable. I found myself comparing her to me: I was always the girl that took Dickens or text books with me on school trips as well. She was determined, academic and couldn’t care less about what others thought of her. As I read, I couldn’t help thinking “good for you”.The rest of the characters were also well thought out, but it was the suspense that made this story special. It had break-neck speed (although that admittedly didn’t start from the word go), numerous twists and, of course, a few deaths. I don’t like it when characters die. But are thrillers truly thrillers without a little violence? And it made me fearful for my characters, wondering who’d get out, rather desperate to know. Plus, the basis of the story was terrifying. A home-safety system that ends up being a cage... with the murderous lunatics inside? Honestly, I will never look at the things the same way again.The one thing I can complain about is the way the focus jumps suddenly between the characters, leaving me a little confused. One minute it’s Rachel, the next the bad guy. It threw me, but maybe that just added to the break-neck, thriller effect? Plus, some of the grammar was incorrect, but I’ve seen that in a fair few eBooks, so I don’t really notice that anymore, and it didn’t distract me much at all.Although this book was only 120 pages long, I could have read many more. I do love me a good thriller once in a while... So, a suspense-ridden story with well-padded characters and murderous lunatics trapped inside a house, with a security system ironically called “House Trap”. What more could you want?

  • Zoe
    2019-02-25 23:16

    I was hooked by the first line, and I immediately felt I was in the story. I think I read it in one sitting, this book is really gripping! The first few pages are the prologue and it has a young boy calling the police after finding strangers in his house hurt her mother. Just as the excruciating atmosphere rises, three words are next: Thirty Years Later. Sixteen year-old Rachel Evans is obsessed with school work, and wants nothing more than to go to Dartmouth College. To get extra credit, she decides to tutor a girl in her class. BIG MISTAKE! Alicia's father invented the House Trap, an invention that traps people breaking into your house. Once the alarm recognises a trespasser it locks all the doors and seals all the windows. It then traps the person by having a trap door at the floor and them sliding down to a place where they are locked in. Then the owners then have time to call the police - genius! Maybe not - what do you do when the system acts too late and the killers are locked in the house inside with you? That night, two people enter her house - dangerous people, not afraid to kill. The action in this book is full of suspense, I couldn't stop reading. I just HAD to know what happened in the end.All the characters are believable, and Mike really made them come alive. I liked Rachel's persistent mind, and the way she doesn't give up. This is a good character in a thriller - Rachel fights back. She is an academic girl who has her eye on the prize. I didn't like her at first - when she 'had a strop' about not winning the science fair. But then I began to quite like her, and sympathize for her. Since the book is in third person, you don't know what is going to happen in the end. I wasn't predicting a happy ending, all the twists and turns are really good too.The whole aspect of this story is so unique. This made it exciting to read, and the author made the fast-paced storyline the main reason I loved it.My only complaint is that were a few spelling/grammar/punctuation errors. (that probably makes me a hypocrite to say this, because my writing is full of errors usually!!) I don't tend to focus on the faults of a book, but this popped up quite a bit. It didn't stop me from enjoying the story though, and it shouldn't for you either!I recommend this to anyone who likes action and maybe horror. I am not usually interested in horror-related books but this one is a really good novella. You should buy it, because it is only 89p/$00.99! Bargain for a perfect little thriller...

  • Masquerade Crew
    2019-03-23 03:26

    BEC'S REVIEWWhile the premise of this novel seemed interesting the novel itself has a lot of flaws making it read like the first draft of a book. There are many grammatical and punctuation errors throughout the story leading to quite a few sentences that just didn’t make sense and pulled you out of the story, sentences that would have been picked up if an edit of this work had been done by someone not as familiar with the story. Added to these errors was the fact that there are several times throughout the story where, despite the rest of the book being written in past tense, the author slips into present tense, another thing that an edit would have picked up. Another fact that pulled me away from the plot of the story was the author’s tendency to use words that sound like they had been pulled from a thesaurus to make the story sound better, but which didn’t quite fit the situation. Not every synonym of a word means exactly the same thing and fits in the same sentences. An example of this was switching the word laughed for guffawed in regards to a group of teens mocking another. Rather than be impressed at the authors vocabulary I rather found myself questioning why laughed could not have sufficed when it would have fit so much better. This was coupled with the authors tendency to add unnecessary descriptive words to every description so that even the math teacher (who is mentioned maybe one) had shimmering eyes. These are all things though that a simple edit can fix provided the author has someone they can trust to perform the task. And I believe the book may be worth the edit, even with these errors. That’s not to say that the plot itself is perfect, there are many times when I questioned some of the actions that occurred in the book in such a way that I would be drawn out of the story. The plot is far from perfect, but the problems with that are also something that an edit should pick up. To use my favourite word I believe that there is enough potential in this story that, with a critical edit, it may end up surprising even me. Until then this book should be treated as a first draft so that the reader goes in aware of the errors.

  • Amber
    2019-03-10 03:30

    The story "House Trap" is focused around a smart young women whose only ambition is to attend Dartmouth College. She is lacking in all area's of her life except in school since it's the only thing she seems to care about. When she is forced into tutoring the blonde haired, blue eyed snotty rich girl on a Friday night, her life takes a drastic turn and becomes a fight for her life. This novel is both stimulating and suspenseful with action taking place on every page. The dialog between characters has a natural tone which is nice because there's nothing worse than reading dialog that seems forced and not realistic. The novel is written much like I would imagine a transcript of the T.V. show "I Survived" since the main girth of the story takes place between 12am and 5am inside the house trap. The characters are explaining the situation from their own individual point of views which gives the story it's own character. The plot behind this story is spot on and with additional editing, has the makings of a best seller! Since this book was released by the author and not a publishing company, you will find multiple typo and grammatical errors which is to be expected. The story itself also needs to have further background work completed to make the story more well rounded and to connect the characters with the readers more efficiently. I gave this book 4/5 stars because it has amazing potential but definitely needs more work done to it before it's truly complete. All in all, this book defiantly has the makings of a best-seller! Good Job Mike!

  • Michelle
    2019-03-13 05:37

    This book was a great thriller. I really liked the concept of it and it certainly was pretty scary. It is a short read but it it was jam packed with action and suspense. It definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat for pretty much the whole story. It starts out with a past murder, and then shifts into present day- where all the action begins. What I liked most about this story was that it was so fast paced. Since it was a thriller/suspense story, I appreciated that there were no slow parts. And because of this, I never got bored, everything was moving in this book. It was a short, fast read- but a ton of stuff is packed into the 120 pages. I had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. I also appreciate that there were some deaths. Not that I enjoy the death of characters, or anything, but it helps a story seem more realistic. If you have a book and there are killers running around (especially in a single house) and every single person in the story survives; it is not very likely. So I enjoyed the realistic element. It also kept me on my toe, wondering if my favorite characters would make it out. I also really liked the way that "house trap" was designed. the details of everything were fantastic. This book is well written and flows really nicely. I could picture the house in my mind and see the kids all running from room to room. This book is a great, fast read for someone that is looking for a suspense/thriller.

  • Sydney
    2019-03-12 05:17

    The story itself is a short one, you could finish this in one sitting easily. Truthfully my rating is a 2.5. I added the .5 because of the authors note at the made me feel bad for going through half of the book giving it a relatively crappy rating. Things I liked: Story was basically original (as original as a book can be nowadays "Nothing is new under the sun" and all..) The fact that it was short was great because if Mauthor (is that his real name? its just his first initial with the word "author" tagged at the end?) dragged anything out a page longer this would have gotten a one star. Things I didn't like: The authors writing style. It was a definite "I'm new at being a novelist" novel. Every character seemed juvenile at times and at others they seemed too old for their age. (Most of the characters are teenagers but even the 7 year olds had a habit of not using contractions and using words in an order that seemed oh-so formal). For this to be a good thriller nothing too major happened in the story. I bought this book because honestly, the excerpt I got on my Kindle (basically the prologue) was way better than the story itself. Give this book a chance if you want a short and inexpensive read while on a plane ride or stuck waiting for your friend outside a meeting somewhere, not recommended if you truly want a great story that will last in your mind.

  • Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
    2019-03-14 02:20

    Whoa this book is intense! I was definitely not expecting people to actually die, so that was an interesting twist. Alicia's father is the inventor of a house alarm system for defense against break in's or any other danger that might happen. During a sleepover between Rachel and Alicia, some boys show up unexpectedly to visit with Alicia and things begin to go wrong, very fast. It was a book of cat and mouse. Everytime the mouse would run one way you'd be yelling at your book, "no don't go in there!" The house has more than an automatic locking system "House Trap" but also passageways and hidden floor boards. Alica's young siblings are also home at the time of the events and they must be protected as well. There were moments that I wanted to guide them and tell them what I think they needed to do to escape the danger. I enjoyed the fact that the author made it so that they did not always narrowly escape different situations. They actually get captured and have to think their way out of things. As they are all stuck in the same house (a rather large house) but still, there are only so many places to go. It was a pretty fast, short and intense read. I was on the edge of my seat for most of it and I liked that it wasn't full of twists that you could see coming. I never did know exactly what as going to happen

  • Cristy
    2019-03-04 06:26

    HOUSE TRAP is a great little thriller I picked up on for just a buck and I have to say I was pleased with my purchase. Mike Mauthor’s short story is suspenseful and well written, chockfull of action and white-knuckle moments. Nothing like young people trapped in a house with a killer to get the blood pumping. The realistic way in which the characters are portrayed, for me, played a big part in the success of the story. The villain(s) and the victims alike felt true to the ages of the characters as well as the situation and circumstances. I also appreciate that this is a fast passed read that holds true from start to finish; not overly written with unnecessary details slowing it down, but moving quickly and holding the reader’s attention with clever little plot twist, just as a thriller should. My only complaint was the way in which the writing focus switched between the characters, seemingly without warning, but that may have more to do with the e-format than the writer himself. All in all I’d say HOUSE TRAP is a great story for anyone looking for a short and easy show-not-tell read.

  • Micah
    2019-03-09 04:13

    I used to love horror and thriller stories when I was younger: Goosebumps, Shivers, Point Horror... but I haven't read one in a long time.This book gripped me right away. It is a very fast paced book with a lot of action and the plot was very unique. The whole 'House Trap' concept intrigued me and I was already trying to figure out what would happen because I knew something would go terrible wrong!The climax of the story was so exciting and also a little scary! There is a lot of description in this book and it helped a lot in some parts but I felt that it was unnecessary to have loads of description all the time.The ending was a little too rushed and there was very little character development, but I think that is due to it being a short story and not a full novel. There were a few mistakes here and there and the dialogue was a little to unrealistic at times. When I read them they didn't fit with the character's personality or age.If adapted correctly, I think the concept of the 'House Trap' invention itself could make a quite scary horror movie.I think that Mike did a very good job and I enjoyed this book a lot:)

  • Amanda (ALittleBitofFrost)
    2019-03-06 04:11

    Mike Mauthor sent me a copy for review. :)Summary: Rachel Evans is an overachiever who gets stuck mentoring a girl in her class. Alicia Hausfalle is the daughter of the inventor of the House Trap. A device that makes it impossible for intruders to enter your house. It also makes it impossible for you to get out. While at Alicia's house, Rachel finds out what would happen if the intruders were already inside. This book was amazing! It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I was constantly thinking about what I would do in I were placed in the same situation. This story begins with a flashback. In the end, when the person in the flashback is reintroduced, it made everything make sense. I also really liked the fact that Alicia had a younger sister and brother. It made the story even more exciting and thrilling. At first, I didn't understand why there was so much description, but in the end, I was extremely pleased. Without the description, the story itself would have fallen flat. I would recommend this book to anyone in need of a great thriller. This book is not very long, but left me breathless.

  • Jennifer Wright
    2019-03-23 00:28

    This book has a great premise. A young girl get’s locked inside a home that has a security system designed to keep intruders out. But, nothing about the security system is really meant for the intruder to be inside the house. So, when she ends up locked inside with her friends little brother and sister, she has to keep them safe from two killers.The start of the story is a little slow and I felt like it could have gotten into the action faster, but once the action started you really want to know what happens.There were a few things that deterred me from really liking this book. First off, there were multiple typos and grammatical errors. This really pulled me out of the story, especially in the beginning when it was a bit slow. The other thing that pulled me out of the story was that it would suddenly switch from one persons point of view to the next. It was confusing and I had to go back and read it over.This story has promise. I really did like the storyline and think that with some editing it could be a really great book.

  • Emily
    2019-02-25 04:17

    I based my rating of 4 stars on solely the plot. This was a very very short book, which I am not used to reading. The plot moved along pretty quickly, with no dull or slow parts. I liked the idea of House Trap, which had a plot that was very different from anything I have read before. It is easy to tell that Mauthor is just beginning to establish himself as an author with the book because the writing isn't quite there yet. A lot of the dialogue didn't seem natural as to how teens would really speak to each other. Also, the two young kids Amy and Nathan seemed to speak much older than they were really supposed to be. I liked the main character, Rachel, who was portrayed as a pretty normal "nerdy" girl. I usually get annoyed with girl main characters and their decisions, but Rachel was very wise when it came to making survival decisions. Overall I enjoyed reading this short book and I liked that it was a "thriller" type genre, but I do think the writing could use some tweaking to really capture the reader.

  • Aura
    2019-03-24 01:35

    First of all I want to say thank you Mike for giving me the chance to read your book! I received this in exchange for my honest review.I really liked it. It's not my type of reading but I surely enjoyed it. I like Rachel, I like that she is an overachiever person and I like that she does anything to be better. The prologue intrigued me very much and made me curious about what will come next.I have to say that this is an original story, I think this is the first book that I read with such subject. It's interesting the idea of creating something to protect your family...I like that idea.The action take place in one day at Rachel's colleague house and it happens very fast. The more you read the more you find out things that you didn't know about the characters and the more things happen you learn new things about Rachel and her abilities. I recommend this lovely book for those who enjoy this type of writing and who wants to relax with a good book.

  • Sara Murguía
    2019-03-21 04:31

    I don't usually read suspense books. But I really liked this book. The prologue made me really curious about what was going to happen in the rest of the book. I think it did a great job as a prologue. The main story went very well, I was really captured by the main character's actions, and how she developed from being a stubborn I-have-to-be-the-best girl, to a more humble person. The book has surprises, there were parts I didn't imagined what was gonna happen. But there are also some predictable things, like Nathan's fate, though I didn't know at which part exactly was he coming out.The only thing I disliked about the book, was the aftermath. After they get rescued and all, it was all fame and laughter. But personally I think no one ever gets that easily out of such trauma. All in all I really enjoyed reading this book, and the moments where it got me captured!

  • Tessa Ley
    2019-02-25 22:37

    I don't what I expected from this book but it wasn't this. I liked how the prologue was set in the past. The whole Nicholas twist was very predictable though. The story was a bit slow until we got to Alicia's house. I liked how strong and independent that main character Rachel was, Nathan was also another favourite of mine. This book has freaked me out as my house has a lock-down system and I finished this in the wee hours of the morning. I loved how brutal Scott was and Jay's secret was interesting. Overall I liked how the book ended and my need for a sequel was satisfied. I literally jumped up and down when I found out about the sequel 'Fiery Trap' and after reading the preview I need to know what happens! I can safely say I am a fan of Mike Mauthor's work!

  • Issa
    2019-03-02 03:25

    I wanted to like this book because the synopsis was intriguing but there were so many major problems that I just couldn't get into it. The worst part about it is that so many of the issues could have been corrected by a good editor. The basic story was pretty good. A few small plot points were a little contrived but not bad. The problem was an intense amount of grammatical errors in addition to numerous words used incorrectly. I'll admit that grammatical errors bother me more than most people, but that is nothing compared to using words in the wrong context. The author also kept switching the tense the story was being told in from past to present. Finally, many of the dialogue bits were awkward. If these items were cleared up it might be a good story.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-03 22:24

    Compared to the genre of books that i am currently reading this book offered some differentiation. I particularly enjoyed the fast pace action of the storyline as it kept me tuned in and wanting to seek out more. I found myself experiencing mixed emotions throughout the book, which for me adds to my personal enjoyment. I thought the book was well written and very descriptive. My only criticism is on some occasions, i felt there was maybe too much over use with description and synonyms, as i found myself stumbling and having to go back and re read. But overall i really enjoyed the plot and it kept me thoroughly entertained with all its twists and turns.

  • Shanna
    2019-03-13 01:37

    It was one of the best thrillers i've read in a long time. It was engaging and captivating. It kept me hooked from beginning to end. I did not want it to end I wanted the storyline to continue. The author has a keen way of connecting all the characters in the book and making them all interesting in a unique way. It was refreshing to see that range of emotions this author gave to all of the characters whether good or bad you still wondered and in a wierd way still care about them. I will highly recommend this book no matter what you love to read, no matter the genre you prefer. I will gurantee you will love it. It was definitely worth more than the .99 cent that I paid for it.

  • Bookie Books
    2019-03-22 04:32

    This is the first book I have read from Mike Mauthor and wow what a wonderful book. I was reading The Darkest Mind (Alexander Beacken) I poursed it to read this and I am so glad I did. House trap will have you sitting on the edge of your sit wanting more . From the prologue alone I was griped. This is a short story and very real written you feel like your in the houses exprence all the downs the children go thro, hoping for the best and are your self asking question throughtout the book, if it's gong to happen or how? If your thinking of reading this you should, it's nothing like I have ever read before.

  • Sophia Hunn
    2019-03-15 03:33

    House Trap had a very intriging plot and it captured my attention. I devoured this book i read it in a day and it even scared me a little bit since i read this in the night. I found that the writing style was a little hard to get into but halfway through the book i was fine. I would recommend this book for people who like mystery/horror novels or who like authors such as dean kootz and james patterson.Overall i really enjoyed this book i gave it a 3.5 out of 5 stars!Check out my video review on youtube

  • AmberRead
    2019-03-05 03:37

    The idea of this book is pretty intriguing. I don't think I've ever read about a security system like this one. I feel really bad for Nicholas. He's had a lot of tragedy in his life and the one thing that he thought would protect his family, didn't.One thing that I didn't care for about this book was the way that it jumped from one character's perspective to another with no notice or warning. It was kind of confusing.Otherwise, there was some very scary thing that happen in this book. Not boo scary but tragic scary./ I wouldn't want anyone I love in this situation.

  • Kamryn Allbee
    2019-03-06 06:10

    3.5 starsI was sent to review this by the author; which I would like to thank. This story is a "thriller" type of book, not something I usually gravitate towards. It's very short, which makes it an action packed story with no dull moments. I, for the most part, enjoyed all of the characters. I did have some problems such as a few minor typos in the story and one certain thing that wasn't resolved in the end. However, this book is a very exciting and gripping quick read that I recommend to anyone who's looking for a suspenseful thriller.

  • Susan Allegrini
    2019-03-01 01:30

    I loved it! I could not turn the pages fast enough. The author made me feel I was right there with her trying to help the two children get out of the house. I also could see this book as a movie! I am telling everyone to read this book it will make you think what would you do if you was trapped in a house with two strangers trying to kill you.

  • The Book Moo
    2019-03-21 00:37

    This book is full of action and excitement. It is very intense and has you on the edge of your seat whilst reading. The writing is done well but is in 3rd person, not my favourite but I'm sure plenty of other people's!Overall, a short and thrilling read for a cold Winter's night.

  • Alecia
    2019-03-17 06:17

    Overall the book was okay, it's hard for me to rate the book since it's not really my favorite genre. I loved you style of writing, so unique and original. A true signature. It's not a favorite but still really good.