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Swan Song

Swan Song is a psychological thriller where a world of wealth and harmony is transformed into nerve-racking horror.

After an enormous celebration for his 70th birthday, real estate baron Adrian Swan disappears on a hike in the mountains while his friend and colleague is found brutally killed in the same area. Adrian’s three grown children are all left in despair and disbelief.
The youngest son – journalist Jonathan – starts digging into the family’s history in the hope of finding answers. He soon discovers that his father is not who he appeared to be. Jonathan’s world falls apart and the discoveries bring up questions not only about his family, but also his own identity. As he gets closer to an answer, it gets even more dangerous for the people he loves the most.

Nikolaj Frobenius’ novel about the economic upper class might just be this year’s best Norwegian psychological thriller.


With Swan Song, Nikolaj Frobenius asks many of the important questions. He doesn’t give us answers, but he makes us reflect. That is one of the reasons why “Swan Song” is highly recommended.


Everything isn’t what it seems, and is revenge really always as sweet? ….. It literally starts explosively before Frobenius slows down the pace and lets reflections on identity, the nature of vengeance, and consequences carry his new and well-written psychological thriller.


Nikolaj Frobenius wants more than just serving up a smooth and proven recipe. When Frobenius is the conductor, some expectations can be allowed. Which is very much fulfilled in this intricate portrait of a rich family….. It has become a highly entertaining and exciting tale of glittering family facades that crack open and show off a bottom line that is not entirely solid.


Nikolaj Frobenius’s novel “Swan Song” follows its protagonist well into both doubt and paranoia. A successful project from a writer who has written about both fright and horror before.